Saturday, November 22, 2014

Video: Milwaukee police chief unloads on black community leaders over violence

◼ FROM HOTAIR: The roiling turbulence in Ferguson has boiled over and spread to other cities around the nation. That showed up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week, when community activists grew angry with their police force over an incident that happened last April. Officer Christopher Manney shot an African American man who took the policeman’s baton and attacked him with it. The man was mentally ill and died as a result of the encounter, and while Officer Manney was dismissed from the PD, he was never charged with a crime.
Tensions boiled over earlier this month at a public meeting on the case, where protesters lashed out at the police chief, accusing him of checking his phone while they voiced their concerns.

After the meeting the chief was asked about his actions, and his emotional response has now gone viral.

“I was following developments of a 5-year-old little girl who was sitting on her dad’s lap and just got shot in the head by a drive by shooting and if some of the people here gave a good god damn about the victimization of people in his community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told reporters.

“80% of my homicide victims every year are African American. 80% of our aggravated assault victims are African American. 80% of our shooting victims who survive their shootings are African American. Now they know all about the last three people killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years. There’s not one of them can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city,” Flynn said.

“Now I’m leaving here to go to that scene. And I take it personally, ok?” he said.

As the world looks away, horror


Women belonging to Iraq's Yazidi minority, who follow a religion that is neither Christian nor Muslim, have borne much of the worst of the horrors to which Islamic State terrorists subject so-called "infidels." Turned into sex slaves for and sold as wives to jihadists, the Iraqi doctors who treat them say the abuse is often beyond anything they have seen.

Speaking anonymously to Niqash, a publication focusing on Iraqi issues, doctors working in and around Mosul, the largest city in Iraq under Islamic State control, say Yazidis are among the most abused of those facing extinction at the hands of the terrorist group.

“It is a public, collective act of rape," said one doctor, who remained anonymous for fear of retribution from Islamic State terrorists. "I treated about ten women and I was stunned to find one who was just 13 years old. Her mental and physical health were very bad," he noted.

Another woman arrived in a such a state that doctors almost pronounced her dead. "She had been on a hunger strike after being raped by several of the IS gunmen and if she had not been brought to hospital, I am sure she would be dead by now," the doctor said.

Latest Obamacare ‘Tweak’ a Doozy

Americans are inveterate tinkerers — a trait commented on by observers from de Tocqueville to Winston Churchill. - Rick Moran/PJMedia

That’s why it’s not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would want to keep tweaking Obamacare. Mind you, it’s not so much because they think they can perfect the law. Rather, they keep tweaking the law in order to keep the American people from brandishing pitchforks and coming to Washington to tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail.

Self preservation can be a marvelous motivating factor.

The geniuses who brought us the dysfunctional website, are in a panic because just about every Obamacare policy is going up in price. So rather than having American citizens deal with such unpleasantness, our intrepid bureaucrats have hit upon a brilliant scheme; why not change the auto-renewal rules of Obamacare premiums by automatically shifting a consumer from a policy that went up in price over to a cheaper policy? Of course, the cheaper policy will have fewer benefits and a larger deductible. And some people may actually like the policy they have now.

But what does that matter to the jamokes at HHS? They know what’s best for you. Just ask them. KEEP READING

Black Panthers Indicted On Federal Gun Charges, Pipe Bomb Plot Near Ferguson

Members of the militant New Black Panther Party have been arrested and charged with making straw purchases of two handguns and are believed to have conspired to detonate pipe bombs during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to several reports.-Chuck Ross/Daily Caller

Holder's boys are back. This time with really cool-scary Muslim names. - Discussion at Lucianne

Ferguson Cop’s Wife: DOJ Agents In Town Are “Not There to Guide, They’re There to Harm.” - Nice Deb
According to a local report, police in Ferguson, Missouri are not happy at all with the “DOJ representatives” from the Civil Rights Division who have poured into their town in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.

The report reveals just how upset cops and their family members are at these butt-in-skis who have been in Ferguson for months, stirring the pot and making life more difficult for them. One officer’s wife is of the opinion that they are “not there to guide, they’re there to harm.”

KTVI Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes didn’t name his sources for this story likely out of fear that they would be retaliated against – not only by the more violent protesters out on the street – but by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.

In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat...

President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year - NY Times

Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.

In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.”

Kneel Before Zod: Obama mows down separation of powers and limits on executive power

Obama mows down separation of powers and limits on executive power - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney
President Obama, brandishing the same chainsaw as his predecessors, continues to clear-cut limits on executive power. Obama has been a one-man legislature when it comes to reshaping the Affordable Care Act into something less dysfunctional than the law he signed in 2010, and now he presumes to rewrite immigration law from the Oval Office....

Obama is, above all, trying to provoke the GOP with his executive amnesty. He knows that his Caesarism infuriates the Right. He remembers how the 1998 Republican impeachment of Bill Clinton hurt the GOP and helped Democrats.
Laws Emanate from the White House Now - Mark Krikorian/National Review Online
...None of the criteria Obama has laid out to qualify for amnesty benefits has any basis in law or even logic — they’re simply the result of political give and take, i.e., legislation. It’s just that instead of the people’s elected representatives debating and compromising and finally approving a measure, it is Obama’s staff that debates and compromises and finally approves something. Because Congress is now an advisory body with some residual powers, like the British House of Lords. Real law emanates from the White House.
Obama: US Taxpayers Must Pay For Illegals’ Children - Neil Munro/Daily Caller

Obama: Kneel Before Zod - Ben Shapiro/Breitbart
On Thursday night, President Obama delivered his address to the nation on his executive amnesty. It was historic, both in its scope and in its dishonesty: the speech represented a closely-woven and incredible tapestry of falsehood, exposited with a straight face by the greatest liar in modern American history. To those versed in immigration and constitutional law, watching Obama lay out his program felt like watching a madman describe, with preternaturally perfect sincerity, how the moon was constructed of cheese: you know the argument is untrue, but it’s incredible to watch its dogged exposition.

Obama opened with a glowing talk about the wonders of immigration – generalizations with which virtually Americans agree, as is his wont.

Then the lies began.
How the GOP Can Stop Obama's Unconstitutional Immigration Power Grab - Steve Forbes/FORBES
–The courts. This usurpation must be challenged in the courts—all the way to the Supreme Court. Thankfully, this is already in train. The state of Texas, which borders Mexico and thus has standing on this matter, is ready to challenge, via lawsuit, our would-be-king President.

...–Confirmations. Senator Ted Cruz (R–Tex.) has proposed that the Senate refuse to confirm any Obama nominee, except for those in areas relating to defense, national security, public safety and law enforcement, until the President backs down. No more judges, no more agency officials, no more cabinet officers. Cruz’s colleagues should adopt this approach.

In addition to exercising these constitutional powers to stop the President, the GOP should start passing various pieces of immigration reform to demonstrate that Republicans are not anti-immigrant but are in favor of commonsensical changes


Friday, November 21, 2014

CFRW Club Spotlight:


Our Caring For America Committee has been making no-sew lap blankets and crocheted lap blankets for the local Barstow Veteran's Home of California. Our goal was to create 200 lap blankets. We have surpassed that goal by 80 additional blankets at this writing. Our final meeting of the year will be held Tuesday. Last Sunday, the committee filled 200 gift bags with toiletries, game books, candy and snacks. The Committee will be taking the gifts bags and lap blankets to the aforementioned veterans home on December 8th. I am honored to be affiliated with these empowered women and their husbands.

Our membership was quite generous with regard to the Caring for America Project. When we needed funds for additional fabric, a voluntary collection at our regular meeting enabled us to purchase the fabric we needed.

I attended a mentoring workshop that was held by Lynette Simonson of San Gorgonio Pass RWF at one of the CFRW Southern Division meetings. Afterward, I was able to apply what I had learned there. We encourage, and now have Co-Chairs, that emphasize mentoring. The greatest issue I had was stress related. I learned that when women work in tandem with one another, the stress is lessened considerably.

On November 7, 8 and 9th, our Club volunteers supervised the gate at our local Victorville Home Show from 10-7. This event provides the Club with a substantial portion of our working capital. We attend the Home Show and work there in April and November.

I am proud of all of our women members.

Toni Di Rienzo

As your CFRW Membership Promotion Chairperson, I will be focusing on clubs from the three CFRW divisions throughout 2014-2015 . Please email me to inform me of anything you might like to share about what your club is doing. Please put in the subject area “Spotlight a Club” --- Email me, Gaylon Kastner:

CFRW Capitol Update Friday, November 21, 2014

President's Message

The pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 started their long journey by boarding the Mayflower in Delftshaven, Holland. They endured crossing a stormy ocean, but when they landed all they could see before them was a vast and desolate wilderness full of wild beasts and wild men. There were no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain them, no homes or towns to give them shelter. Almost 50% of the settlers died the first year due to illness and the harsh winter weather but they persevered! The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the successful harvest gathered by the Plymouth Colony after the first harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated by inviting the local Indians to a traditional English harvest feast (from WSJ).

As Americans we should remind ourselves that the richness of our country was not born in the resources of the earth but in sacrifices and hard work of our men and women through many years. We are reminded of their hard work every where we look … in cities, towns, farms, factories, hospitals, homes, and schools that spread across the wilderness that once greeted the pilgrims. For all our social disagreements we are still the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without a king or dictator. We might remind ourselves also, that if those men and women setting out from Delftshaven had been daunted by the troubles they saw around them, then we would probably not be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this November 27 (from WSJ).

In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God under its new constitution. Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. Over the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln’s precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.

Other countries may also celebrate a day of thanksgiving but in America, Thanksgiving day is very special because we have so much to be thankful for:

We are privileged to live in America, the greatest country the world has even known.

We have the freedom to speak our minds, choose our religion, decide our future and we have the freedom to work hard to achieve our own American Dream.

We live in a country where citizens are willing to give their lives to protect our freedom. That is American Exceptionalism and we thank our military for the sacrifices they make every day.

We live in a country where all citizens are created equal, no monarchy or hereditary classes.

We have the freedom to vote for are elected officials and we must continue to guard this important freedom.

As we celebrate this holiday with family and friends take a minute to think about what you are most thankful for.
God Bless America!

We wish You and Your Family a Very Happy, Healthy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day

Thank you for all you do,
Working Together To Make A Difference

Obama's Executive Action Impact On States

Obama ends Secure Communities program as part of immigration action - LA Times
Sue Him! State AGs Say Obama´Sees Himself As Above the Law´ - CNS
Oklahoma, Texas AGs Plan to Sue Obama over Executive Order on Immigration - Andrew Johnson/National Review
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues Obama over immigration plan - Las Vegas Sun (NV)
A group called Freedom Watch is representing Arpaio, the sheriff in Maricopa County, in the suit, which was filed shortly after Obama announced the executive action he plans to sign today in Las Vegas. The suit calls Obama’s plan unconstitutional and asks for a preliminary restraining order to block it. “The president cannot simply announce sweeping new rules and implement them by giving a speech,” the suit says.
Texas prepared to fight Obama’s immigration order - Star Telegram

Obama fundraises off immigration speech, seeks $1,000 contributions

What´s more, in his email from his Organizing for Action, he claims that he is just like every other president in taking action on issues where Congress failed to act. - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

Rep. Smith: Most Obamacare Plans Violate Hyde Amendment

At a press conference Thursday about a new website to help consumers shop for health insurance that does not pay for abortion, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said that despite President Barack Obama’s promise to the contrary, the majority of policies offered through the Affordable Care Act violate the amendment prohibiting federal funding of abortion. - CNS

FOUND! 30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner....

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he chairs will be one of the committees that will examine the emails.

“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” Issa told the Examiner. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS. The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s e-mails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”

Ted Cruz Cites Cicero: ´How Long Is That Madness Of Yours Still to Mock Us?´

Ted Cruz Mad Libs a Cicero speech to protest Obama's executive action on immigration - Justin Green/Washington Examiner
“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?” Cruz asked. - Charlie Spiering /Breitbart Big Government

Cruz continued reading the Cicero selection, citing Obama for dictating “by his pen and his phone.”

“He won't even come into the Senate,” Cruz continued. “He will not take part in the public deliberations. He ignores every individual among us.”

Cruz subbed in language about the I.R.S. in the speech, for “older instances” cited by Cicero against Catiline.

“We alone, I say it openly, we the Senate are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty,” Cruz concluded.

‘This Was a Gruber Speech’

Newt Gingrich Blasts Obama’s Speech
In a speech of less than 15 minutes, Obama managed to pack a few whoppers into his arguments for unilateral executive action: Fact-checks on Obama speech come from AP, WaPo … and Jay Carney? - HotAir
FACT CHECK: Obama's claims on illegal immigration - AP
OUCH: ‘PolitiFact’ Had a Nasty Little Surprise for ‘Emperor Obama’ About His Amnesty Claims - Top Right News
Well our beloved Emperor had a rather rude surprise waiting for him around 10 minutes before he strode to his royal podium for tonight’s proclamation.

That is because the left-leaning fact checking website PolitiFact had awarded Obama a rating of “FALSE” for claims he and his White House staff have made all week — that his position on executive amnesty “has not changed” from portraying it as an unlawful act, to now claiming it is well within his executive authority.

PolitiFact presented a devastating, years-wide exposure of Obama’s lies on this issue that should leave no doubt that this Administration and its ‘Emperor’ cannot be trusted on the issue....

Jay Carney: Obama ‘Literally’ Doing What He Said Was Unconstitutional in 2011 - Washington Free Beacon
Top 10 Obama lies last night - Daniel Horowitz/Conservative Review via Mark Levin
Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on Immigration...

Lie #2: Illegal Immigrant Crossings are Down...

Lie #3: It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently...

Lie #4: Only 5 Million: Make no mistake about it. Obama’s illegal amnesty will not just apply to 5 million individuals. It will apply by default to all 12-20 million illegals in the country as well as the millions more who will now come here to enjoy the permanent cessation of borders and sovereignty....

Lie #5: Deport Felons: Obama claims he is going to focus on deporting felons. Yet, he has done the opposite....

Lie #6: Don’t deport families: Obama is playing the family card. It works like this: people are encouraged to come here illegally, Obama grants them amnesty, then their relatives all get to come, even though they would otherwise be ineligible under public charge laws. Yet, at the same time, because the bureaucracy will be flooded with applications of illegals, and those are the applications that will be prioritized, those families who came here legally will have to wait longer to be united. There is no longer an incentive to enter the legal immigration process.

Lie #7: They have to pay taxes to stay...

Lie #8: Background Checks: Just the thought of a criminal background check of people coming from the third world on a lawless program is a joke. But the reality is that Obama has already done this with DACA, and 99.5% of applications were approved, including those of criminals.

Lie #9: Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border...

Lie #10: Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger: It’s great to see him quoting the Bible for once, but nice try....

Obama’s immigration executive order is a confession of democratic failure

Obama’s executive order is a confession of democratic failure, through the adoption of methods that he recently described as exceeding his authority. And it serves the cause of polarization by uniting conservatives — from the Obama-obsessed to reasonable institutionalists — in fervent opposition. - Michael Gerson/Washington Post
There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national emergency. Challenge Congress, under threat of unilateral executive action, to legislate on the topic before your term runs out. And when lawmakers refuse, act with the most expansive definition of presidential power.

The supporting arguments for this approach come down to the claim that the American political system is broken — incapable of action on urgent matters because of obstructionism, bad faith and the abuse of legislative procedure. It is the political philosophy of “something must be done.”

...By crossing this particular Rubicon, Obama has given up on politics, which is, from one perspective, understandable. He doesn’t do it well... KEEP READING
Obama really doesn't like politics. He doesn't do it very well. - Discussion at Lucianne

On Obama’s Illegal Usurpation, Jeff Sessions Speaks For Us - John Hinderaker/Power Line
We will have more to say about President Obama’s unconstitutional nullification of the nation’s immigration laws in the days to come; likely, before the night is over. But for now, let’s quote Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been the hero on this issue for a long time. Better than anyone else, Sessions has drawn the connection between the open borders movement that is supported by business magnates and those who live in gated communities, and American workers who are already suffering, and whose wages will be driven down by mass immigration of low-skilled workers. Which is the whole point, if you are the Chamber of Commerce:
President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass. The President is providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs and work permits—allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.

This amnesty plan was rejected by the American people’s Congress. By refusing to carry out the laws of the United States in order to make his own, the President is endangering our entire Constitutional order.
We can’t say it too often: under Article II of the Constitution, the President’s most fundamental duty is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Barack Obama has made a mockery of his oath of office. He is a scofflaw.
Obama puts the Republic out of its misery - David Harsanyi/The Federalist
“This is how democracy works,” Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you.

Modern Democrats aren’t the first political party to abuse power – far from it. Obama isn’t the first president to abuse executive power – not by a longshot. But he has to be the first president in American history to overtly and consistently argue that he’s empowered to legislate if Congress doesn’t pass the laws he favors. It’s an argument that’s been mainstreamed by partisans and cheered on by those in media desperate to find a morsel of triumph in this presidency.
One clear,cool voice in the wilderness. - Discussion at Lucianne

Should Republicans Embrace The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine - John Hinderaker/Power Line
The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican.

For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no intellectually respectable argument for the corporate income tax, other than the fact that it employs an army of lawyers and accountants. Repealing, in effect, the corporate income tax would give the economy an enormous shot in the arm....

Environmental policy is another area where the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine could be applied. The Environmental Protection Agency, as now operated, probably does more harm than good. A Republican president could suspend enforcement of all federal environmental laws, thereby putting the EPA out of business, and remit all environmental regulation to the states and to private actions sounding in nuisance and trespass. This would result in a major improvement in the nation’s environmental policies. Or, if he preferred, the president could single out for non-enforcement some, but not all, environmental laws....
Obama puts the cat among the pigeons - Wesley Pruden/Washington Times
Barack Obama put the cat among the pigeons Thursday night, but he may be surprised by how big that cat could get, and with it a big cat’s appetite for more than pigeons.
Obama’s amnesty: Your guide to the gimmicks - Ernest Istook/Washington Times

You Are Being Played - Erick Erickson/RedState
There are enough Republicans in Congress who in private support what the President did that they will go through elaborate kabuki theater to keep you convinced they’re going to fight him, when in reality the Republicans are going to fund the President’s plan.

You are being played.

Republicans are pushing forward with a plan to fund the government. They claim they will then return next year and defund the President’s plan. But doing so would be subject to a Presidential veto. The GOP does not have the votes to override that veto. In effect, they’ll be funding the President’s plan while setting themselves up to claim they oppose it.

He found the Jonathan Gruber videos — and no media outlet would call him back

The man who changed the ObamaCare debate was at a gas station when I reached him, and he wasn’t dying to talk. - Howard Kurtz/FOX

“I really want to stay out of the limelight,” said Rich Weinstein, a Philadelphia investment adviser. “This is not about me.”

But it is about him in the sense that if not for one slightly obsessed citizen, we wouldn’t have the videos of Jonathan Gruber saying the health care law was deceptively designed and its passage depended on the stupidity of the American public. And it is about his frustrating struggle to get that information out to the media.

Still, Weinstein would not be coaxed into an on-camera interview, or even provide a photograph. He doesn’t want his 15 minutes....

Weinstein is up front about the fact that his motives were personal. His insurance policy was canceled, he says, because of the Affordable Care Act, and his premiums wound up doubling....

Last December, Weinstein found one video in which Gruber, an MIT professor, said that ObamaCare subscribers wouldn’t get tax benefits if their states didn’t set up health care exchanges, meaning they would be losing out to those in states that did create the websites.

That’s when Weinstein used every means he could think of, from Facebook to phone calls, to get the attention of journalists. He says he tried getting messages to Fox News, Forbes, National Review, Glenn Beck and a network affiliate in Philadelphia where a friend worked. Nobody bit. Nobody called back.

“It was so frustrating,” Weinstein said. “I tried really hard to give this to the media. I had this and couldn’t get it to anybody that knows what to do with it.” All he wanted, Weinstein says, was a train ride to D.C. for him and his lawyer, and “I was going to give them everything for nothing, no money, all I wanted was autographed pictures of the people I was working with to hang on my office wall.”


Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Why did the president of the United States have to step in and keep these things secret, and declare executive privilege?”

Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Shares New Revealing Emails From Gov’t Official: ‘She’s Out of Control’ - Erica Ritz/The Blaze

Former CBS investigative reporter and author of “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington” Sharyl Attkisson shared new government documents that she says prove the Obama administration is “spinning” taxpayers with their own money.

“Among some of the documents that are being forced to be released now are documents that discuss … my news stories, my Freedom of Information Act requests,” Attkisson explained on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday. “Why did the president of the United States have to step in and keep these things secret, and declare executive privilege?”

Attkisson said one of the documents is an October 4, 2011 email from Tracy Schmaler, the top press aide of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, to the White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.

“I’m also calling Sharyl’s editor and reaching out to Schieffer. She is out of control,” Schmaler wrote of Attkisson.

“Good, her piece was really bad for the AG,” the White House deputy press secretary responded, according to the documents. Attkisson said she was reporting on the Fast and Furious scandal at the time.

“It’s what I say in the book. They use your tax dollars to pay their salaries, to spin us and target us,” Attkisson remarked. “If you dare to go after them, they will target you, try to assassinate your character, they’ll call your bosses, they’ll email. We know all of this is going on, but we now have emails that they’ve been withholding under executive privilege that refer to this.”

Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.


President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans. - Reuters

Drawing a line of defense against expected Republican challenges, Obama argued his actions were not only lawful but the kinds of steps taken by presidents for the past half century, both Republican and Democratic.

"And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill," he said.

Livid GOP governors threaten legal action over Obama's immigration executive order being announced tonight - Daily Mail
A group of Republican governors tore into President Barack Obama on Wednesday over his forthcoming immigration directive and threatened to sue him for breaking the law.

'I would go to the courts,' Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday during an annual retreat for the party's chief executives. 'This is illegal.'
Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Obama of 'sticking his finger into the eye of the American people' and said his state may take legal action against the president, too.
Caught on Camera: Obama Called Exec Immigration Action Illegal… 25 Times! - FOX/Kelly File

Republicans are left with the serious responsibility of upholding our oath of office. We won't shrink from this duty.

Speaker Boehner to President Obama: This is Not How American Democracy Works

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration:
“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together; they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives. That is not how American democracy works. Not long ago, President Obama said the unilateral action he just announced was ‘not an option’ and claimed he’d already ‘done everything that I can on my own.’ He said it would lead to a ‘surge in more illegal immigration.’ He said he was ‘not a king’ and ‘not the emperor’ and that he was ‘bound by the Constitution.’ He said an action like this would exceed his authority and be ‘difficult to justify legally.’ He may have changed his position, but that doesn’t change the Constitution.

“By ignoring the will of the American people, President Obama has cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left. His ‘my way or the highway’ approach makes it harder to build the trust with the American people that is necessary to get things done on behalf of the country. Republicans are left with the serious responsibility of upholding our oath of office. We will not shrink from this duty, because our allegiance lies with the American people. We will listen to them, work with our members, and protect the Constitution.”

NOTE: Before he changed his position, President Obama said at least 22 times that he could not make his own law without Congress, ignore current laws, or expand his 2012 executive action. He said doing so “would be both unwise and unfair” and “could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration.” According to several surveys, a majority of Americans oppose his unilateral action. The administration has also gone to great lengths to hide the truth about its immigration policies from the American people.

Hugh Hewitt: POTUS speech was a Bayeux tapestry of half truths, lies, cliches and cringe-inducing bathos

Emperor Obama? WILL HE BE STOPPED?

‘You Have Made a Dictator’: Beck’s Fiery Warning About President Obama’s ‘Impeachable Offense’

Glenn Beck on Thursday warned that President Barack Obama will make himself an “emperor” if he takes executive action on immigration. And Beck said those aren’t his words — they’re the president’s. - The Blaze

President Obama was asked in February of 2013 why he had not yet taken action to stop the deportation of illegals, and he responded: “I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed, and Congress right now has not changed what I consider to be a broken immigration system.”

But after years of saying it would violate America’s laws for him to act unilaterally, President Obama will deliver a speech Thursday night in which he is expected to announce he is doing just that.

“History will treat him unkindly on this if he thinks he can become king.” Sen. Rand Paul charged that President Obama has “absolutely no right” to act alone on illegal immigration. - One The Record/FOX
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went “On The Record” tonight, where he charged that President Barack Obama has “absolutely no right” to act alone on illegal immigration.

Paul noted that Obama has said 22 times before that he doesn’t have the power to legislate on his own in terms of illegal immigration.

“The president can’t do this, this goes against the fundamental separation of powers that we have in our country,” he said.

Paul urged the House to pass a resolution saying that what Obama is doing is contrary to the will of the House.
Obama: I’m Not Acting Like An Emperor – WaPo Fact Checker: Yes, You Are… - Weasel Zippers

Obama prepares to throw down the gauntlet - Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
For months Obama has been saying, “I’m gonna do it, I’m really gonna do it—unless of course you give me what I want.” He even told us the timing; it would be after the election.

In doing so, he will be keeping a promise to his radical base (Hispanic and otherwise), issuing a threat to the Republicans in Congress, and thumbing his nose at the American voters who expressed disapproval of him on November 4. You don’t get a trifecta like that every day from a president.

I just wrote that what Obama is about to do constitutes a threat to Republicans in Congress. But actually, it’s a threat to Congress itself. Democrats should be just as disturbed as Republicans by it, because it’s not the ends that are as important here as the very dangerous means. But if you’ve listened to a great many Democrats talk about it, you’d think ends are all they care about—and you might just be correct for most of them.
Sorry, liberals: Reagan and Bush 41 did not defy Congress with executive amnesty - Herman Cain
They've been all over that argument the last couple of days with Obama's soon-to-be-announced executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, claiming that both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did the exact same thing. This argument is just clever enough that people who don't really understand the issue or don't really know the history might buy it.

But when you really look into it, as Hans von Spakovsky did today for the Daily Signal, you'll find that the liberals' claim here is a complete load of crap... KEEP READING
Obama Deports American Jobs - Daniel Greenfield/Front Page
Obama’s excuse for his illegal amnesty will be that the immigration system is “broken” forcing him to act. But when Obama says that the system is broken, he means that some parts of it still work and so he intends to break immigration all the way through to benefit his own corrupt political allies.

That will hurt his own voters the most, but the Democratic Party has a notoriously masochistic relationship with its voting base. It beats them up and then it gaslights them by hugging them and telling them that it was really the mean Republicans who punched them in the face.

Good news: Americans aren't supportive of the radical, anything-goes immigration proposal expected from President Obama. Don't believe the Democrat lies.


...While there are a multitude of ways the GOP could handle the upcoming political war over immigration, none of the options currently considered seem to offer much hope. No matter how Republicans respond, they will inevitably be labeled “bigots,” “racists,” and “uncompassionate.”

Conservatives have seen this movie before – and not just on immigration. Republicans routinely lose these public relations fights, and there’s little reason to believe that the media will be sympathetic this time around to the whole “we must follow the rule of law” argument.

Other than just giving in to the president’s demands, are there any good strategies that the GOP could utilize to avoid political disaster? I believe there’s at least one....

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Gruber has done us all a favor by affording us an unvarnished look into the progressive mind, which values complexity over simplicity, favors indirect taxes and impositions on the American public so their costs can be hidden, and has a dim view of the average American

"Thank you, Jonathan Gruber" Rich Lowry/National Review
His impolitic remarks now have some Obama supporters suggesting that Gruber — one of the most influential health-care wonks in the country, who was integral to crafting the Massachusetts precursor to Obamacare and then Obamacare itself — is just some random, poorly spoken guy.

This denies Gruber his due. He has done us all a favor by affording us an unvarnished look into the progressive mind, which values complexity over simplicity, favors indirect taxes and impositions on the American public so their costs can be hidden, and has a dim view of the average American.

Complexity is a staple of liberal policymaking. It is a product of its scale and reach, but also of the imperative to hide the ball. Taxing and spending and redistributive schemes tend to be unpopular, so clever ways have to be found to deny that they are happening. This is what Gruber was getting at. One reason Obamacare was so convoluted is that its supporters didn’t want to straightforwardly admit how much the law was raising taxes and using the young and healthy to subsidize everyone else.

Gruber crowed about the exertions undertaken to make an unpopular tax on expensive health-insurance plans, the so-called Cadillac tax, more palatable. It was levied on employers instead of employees. No one realized, Gruber explained, that the tax would be functionally the same even if not directly imposed on workers. This wasn’t a one-off deception. This kind of sleight of hand is crucial to the progressive project, which always involves imposing taxes, regulations, and mandates at one remove from the average person so he or she won’t realize that the costs are passed down regardless.

Most liberals would never come out and call Americans stupid in a public forum, as Gruber did. But the debate between conservatives and liberals on health-care policy and much else comes down to how much average Americans can be trusted to make decisions on their own without the guiding, correcting hand of government. An assumption that Americans are incompetent is woven into the Left’s worldview. It is reluctant to entrust individuals with free choice for fear they will exercise it poorly and irresponsibly.

So Gruber deserves to be listened to, even if he ultimately got it wrong.

'Dumbstruck' Bob Schieffer Says Gruber Should Repay $400K Obamacare Lucre - Jack Coleman/MRC
Liberals like Pelosi are strenuously distancing themselves from the loose cannon they once touted as the smartest guy in the room. But the more we hear from Gruber (the hits keep coming!), the more obvious it becomes that he's not peripheral, he's an exemplar.

New development in Obama's plan to ram through Executive Amnesty...

Earnest: 'I Don't Know' If We'll Provide Cost of Executive Amnesty

When asked when Obama’s unilateral immigration reform plan will be implemented, how long it will take, how much it will cost, and how it will affect local communities and businesses, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest played politics as usual, deferring all answers to the President’s upcoming announcement later today.

Real Clear Politics White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger asked Earnest a number of reasonable questions regarding the impending executive orders:
“When we get briefed, or we get information, will there be budgetary numbers attached to it? Will we be able to understand more what the projected cost or what the budgetary effect will be?”
Earnest responded by saying,
“Well, I don't know if those numbers will be produced, but you are certainly welcome to ask about them. We'll see if we can get you some answers.”

George Will: Obama ‘Greatest Builder Of The Republican Party Since Ronald Reagan’ [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama once said he wanted to be as consequential as Ronald Reagan. However, according to syndicated columnist George Will, Obama has become as consequential as the former two-term GOP hero in a different sense. - Al Weaver/Daily Caller

Appearing on “Special Report” Wednesday night, Will told host Bret Baier that Obama has become the “greatest builder of the Republican Party” since Reagan.

Obamacare’s Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans

The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups. - Bloomberg

This WWI-themed Christmas ad is blowing up the Internet

A World War I-themed advertisement for Sainsbury’s, a supermarket chain in the UK, is blowing up the Internet. And rightfully so.
On Christmas Eve 100 years ago, soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons in commemoration of the holidays.
- Richard Thompson/Rare

The ad remembers that time, showing both British and German forces coming together for a friendly soccer match and a touching gift exchange.
It is a powerful remembrance of the true meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy.

Obama announces action on immigration - AP ◼ Via Drudge
Networks To Snub Speech? - Politico
None of the major networks wanted to take time away from their primetime programming for Obama’s 8p.m. speech. So the administration did not send out a formal request to the networks and took to Facebook to publicize the speech with a special video message from Obama along with a link to the livestream.

Will air during Latin Grammys - Washington Post
TONIGHT: Dines with Dems to explain; NO REPUBLICANS - Washington Post
'Slap in face' - Washington Times
SESSIONS: 'Emperor' Weekly Standard
DHS: Brace for New Surge - Washington Times
Bachmann: Turning 'illiterate' immigrants into Dem voters - Washington Post
'Throwing nation into crisis' - The Hill
Texas Plans Suit - Politico
CRUZ: Obama Not Monarch - Politico
SCHLAFLY: Modern-day 'Fort Sumter' - WND
Sheriffs: 'Destruction of Democracy' - MRCTV
Illegals flooding attorneys' offices with calls - AP
TUMULTY: Will pose political challenges for both parties - Washington Post

Tapper: Gruber exposes explicit Obama lie on ObamaCare

Plus: “Gruber is an incessant self promoter, he likes contracts, he likes money, he likes recognition, he likes running his mouth." - HotAir

Last night, Noah posted the 2-minute video from American Commitment on Gruberama that he called “positively enraging.” Not too many media outlets have responded to this story very well, but Jake Tapper at CNN has been an exception to that rule. Today, Tapper offers a four-minute video that not only will enrage but enlighten on exactly why Jonathan Gruber’s remarks are a story, and why the White House denials of connections to Gruber are another story in themselves. Both speak to credibility, and on both Gruber and ObamaCare, Barack Obama has none at all...

Teachers Unions Blow $100 million On Midterm Elections! Now Want To Demonize Banks For Lending Them The Money!!

PRIORITIES: Union boss, who's raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary and benefits and blew dues money on Democrats' campaigns, complains about loans while a parent demands "ethnic studies" classes because why not? - Daily Caller

A heavily union-funded organization called The Alliance to Reform Our Schools has mounted a campaign to vilify financial institutions that have lent money to public school districts and local governments around the country.

The American Federation of Teachers is using the term “toxic deals” to describe transactions involving school districts that received huge sums of money in exchange for promises to repay that money with interest and fees.

“These deals are robbing schools and kids of desperately needed resources at a time when budgets have been cut to the bone and our schools are already being asked to do more with less,” AFT president Randi Weingarten proclaimed in a press release the union sent to The Daily Caller.

Possibly unaware that creditors and debtors have a vested interest in painstakingly recording the terms of large financial arrangements, Weingarten demanded “basic transparency and accountability” from creditors and from school officials.

“Putting this money back into the classroom could mean more teachers, nurses and social workers; restoring art and music; creating community schools; and wrapping services for kids and families around schools,” Weingarten lectured.

The AFT is blaming unnamed financial institutions for the truly terrible bets made by school district officials in a host of cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia (which faces a $161 million loss)....

This latest AFT gambit comes after the union wasted millions of dollars on losing Democratic candidates in this month’s midterm elections....

Union leaders are now doing what teachers unions do very best: They are planning marches that will occur during the taxpayer-funded school day.

A ”day of action” is scheduled for Nov. 20 in at least 15 cities. Union leaders expect thousands of demonstrators to show up nationwide. The assembled participants will rally against Wall Street financiers. Union supporters will also rally against charter schools that compete with public schools. And, of course, they’ll call for more tax money to be lavished on union-supported objectives.

Government shutdown? GOP has a better strategy

Government Shutdown Not Necessary to Block Obama Action on Illegal Immigrants, Republicans Say - Josh Siegel/Daily Signal

Republican leaders have zeroed in on a few options to keep the government running while confronting President Obama’s impending executive action to reshape the nation’s immigration system.

Obama’s intent to act alone to change enforcement of immigration laws — potentially deferring deportation for millions of illegal immigrants — complicates efforts by Congress to fund the government past Dec. 11, when current funding expires.

Republican lawmakers are discussing methods designed to use the power of the purse while avoiding another government shutdown — something all parties insist they want to avoid....

One option under consideration by leadership of the House Appropriations Committee is to pass a bill to fund the government until next fall but have the new Congress look to rescind funding next year from agencies that carry out any executive order by Obama on immigration.

Another option: Pass two separate funding bills — a short-term bill holding back funding for immigration enforcement agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and another measure funding the rest of the government for a full year.

Conservatives continue to push their own strategy of passing a clean, short-term bill through what is called a “continuing resolution.” That would allow lawmakers to come back to the spending fight early next year, after the GOP assumes control of the Senate as well as the House.

There's no doubt where Mitch McConnell stands on the question of shutting down the government. "There will be no government shutdowns," the incoming Senate Majority Leader vowed the day after the midterms. - Byron York/Washington Examiner @ByronYork
(T)oday's political world is far different from last year's. First, Republicans are contemplating answering President Obama's expected unilateral immigration action in ways that do not involve a government shutdown. And second, in light of the midterm results, some in the GOP are recognizing the original shutdown did not end up having the political effects that were once predicted.

First, the GOP response to Obama's anticipated order. The only thing Republicans will do in the lame duck session — that is, before they take control of the Senate, and keep control of the House, in January — is to make sure a short-term government funding bill is passed by the time the current one expires on Dec. 11....

Then in January, with the GOP in control — and, presumably, Obama's edict in hand — Republicans will work on crafting a new spending measure that funds the entire government, with the exception of the particular federal offices that will do the specific work of enforcing Obama's order.

Republican sources liken the contemplated action to Congress' move to stop the president from closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. In 2009, lawmakers denied Obama the money he would have needed to proceed. Guantanamo remains open.
How Republicans Will Respond To Obama's Executive Amnesty - Conn Carroll//Townhall
Regardless of when President Obama announces his plan to give work permits and Social Security numbers to millions of illegal immigrants, House Republicans are now expected to pass a short-term government funding bill early this December that will allow them to defund Obama's work permit giveaway early next year.

“It happens all the time,” retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) told National Review last week. “That’s not uncommon that there’s amendments saying ‘none of the funds in this appropriation bill may be spent for’ — fill in the blank,” Levin said.

Asked specifically whether Republican attempts to defund Obama's amnesty could be called "an effort to shutdown the government," Levin disagreed. “That’s not slash-and-burn. That’s not bringing down the government. That’s a fairly traditional, targeted approach to make a policy point.”
Will the GOP use “rescission” to counter Obama’s immigration executive action? - Bruce McQuain/HotAir
Whatever the eventual plan, the next two months should be quite interesting. However, should they pass the spending bill before the next Congress, rescission provides a path for the GOP to cut funding to the programs that Obama targets with his EOs and trigger quite a nasty political battle next year.

All of #GruberGate in Two Minutes

The Millions of Dollars Jonathan Gruber Got From You, in One Chart - Daily Signal

"I count the days until this American Haman — drenched as he is in that great lie of moral equivalence — is gone."

Oh, Jerusalem - - Roger L. Simon/PJM

What to say about the latest round of Islamo-carnage in Jerusalem that hasn’t been said thousands of times before? Golda Meir made it all clear in her famous 1957 speech at the National Press Club in DC: “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”

In other words, basically never. The hate culture of the Palestinians — and almost all Arabs — is so deeply imbued it’s hard to imagine it ever changing. After this recent incident, they danced in the street with hatchets and gave each other candy.

Lots of people have tried to make peace with them. The supposed war-monger Ariel Sharon uprooted his own people and gave the Palestinians Gaza. We all know what happened. Then prime minister Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinians the peace deal of the century. They walked away.

The reason is obvious. The Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution and never have....

So what to do? This morning when I woke up and saw the horrifying pictures of the blood-stained interior of the synagogue in Har Nof, themselves reminiscent of the Holocaust, my first thought was: Nuke ‘em! Now, hours and several bourbons later, I realize we — particularly the United States — have yet to try something far more dangerous: honesty. The lame duck reactionary who is our president refuses to say there is anything wrong with Islam although it is the holy books of that religion that motivate this activity again and again and again and…

We never say what’s behind all this evil, the source of the psychopathic violence. We dare not mention the I-word, even when they desecrate a synagogue with the blood of rabbis or burn down a church in Egypt or cut off head after head after head. Obama, who grew up with anti-Semite pals like Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi, denies that Islam has anything to do with this — probably, not so deep down, because we all know it has a great deal to do with him, how he was raised. I count the days until this American Haman — drenched as he is in that great lie of moral equivalence — is gone. KEEP READING

WAR: 5 KILLED IN JERUSALEM SYNAGOGUE ATTACK... - Nir Hasson, Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis, Jack Khoury, Gili Cohen and Yair Ettinger/Haaretz
"I don't remember seeing a disaster scene as shocking as this, (the victims) were wrapped in talit (prayer shawls) and tefilin (phylacteries)," said Meshi-Zahav.

Describing the horrific sight, he continued "puddles, rivers of blood throughout the entire synagogue, siddurim (prayer books) thrown all over the floor - a sight that we only recognize from the Holocaust, from the period of the Holocaust."

"These are Jews who got up early in the morning to pray to the Creator of the World, and in the middle of their prayers - in the middle of a religious act, of an act of faith, not of conflict - were attacked...I do not know what is more shocking than this," remarked Meshi-Zahav.
Masked Palestinians hold axes and a gun as they celebrate the massacre of four worshippers

We will settle the score in this battle for Jerusalem: Israeli PM's chilling vow as thousands gather in grief after Palestinian fanatics massacre five people in synagogue axe horror
President Obama has responded to today’s terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in which four Israeli Jews attending morning prayers condemning the attack, and stating that “the majority of Palestinians” want peace.