Saturday, May 9, 2015

Media hack @MarkHalperin demands Ted Cruz fulfill his stereotypes of Cubans UPDATED with his APOLOGY


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Watching Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics interview Cruz recently, I wasn't just uncomfortable. I was actually nauseated.

As a journalist, I felt embarrassed for Halperin. As a Hispanic, I felt like I was watching a college fraternity have fun with racial stereotypes, like when staging a "border party" where people show up in serapes and fake mustaches. And as someone who doesn't adhere to a party line to the point where I've been accused of being a "coconut" (white on the inside, brown on the outside), I was furious enough to -- as Sarah Palin once said approvingly about Cruz -- chew barbed wire and spit out rust....

He told Cruz that people are curious about his "identity." Then, the host asked a series of questions intended to establish his guest's Hispanic bona fides. What kind of Cuban food did Cruz like to eat growing up? And what sort of Cuban music does Cruz listen to even now?

I've known Ted for more than a decade and I could tell he was uncomfortable. But he played along, listing various kinds of Cuban food and saying that his musical taste veers more toward country.

I kept waiting for Halperin to ask Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing salsa and sipping cafe con leche -- all to prove the Republican is really Cuban.

Just when I thought I'd seen the worst, it got even more offensive. Earlier that day, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, had entered the presidential race. So, Halperin said: "I want to give you the opportunity to directly welcome your colleague Sen. Sanders to the race, and I'd like you to do it, if you would, en español."

What nerve, treating a U.S. senator like a trained seal! Who does this guy think he is, trying to evaluate how well a Hispanic speaks Spanish? And what does that have to do with being authentic anyway? ◼ Ruben Navarrette in the Mercury News: KEEP READING

Jeb Bush at Liberty University: Stand up for faith against 'small-minded, intolerant' federal authorities

MRC's Bozell: News Media Have Become 'Radicalized' and 'Marginalized'

Host Neil Cavuto began the segment, part of an hour-long look at the issue of trust in America, by pointing out that "the media itself is one of the least-trusted institutions, second only to Congress," and yet many in the media continue to champion government action as a cure to social ills. - See more at: - Newsbusters

Both MRC's Bozell and The Hill's Lauren Ashburn agreed that the media were too infatuated with government to act as an effective watchdog. But when Ashburn disagreed that journalists were ignoring liberal scandals, pointing to recent coverage of the Clinton Foundation scandal, Bozell called that "nonsense."
They have not gotten to the bottom of a single one of the Obama scandals....Look at the IRS, look at Benghazi, look at the VA, look at so many scandals -- they've been dropped. This one, this Clinton one, will be dropped as well....

...Yeah, isn't it incredible that their response to being marginalized is to be even more marginalized. They've become so radicalized. We've seen something in the last two years that I frankly hadn't seen before: This -- since 2008, I should say -- this commitment, this deliberate commitment not to report news if it harms the narrative of the left. This is not one example, this is not two examples, I can give you 20 examples. As a matter of fact, you and I have talked about this many times on your show. They are deliberately not reporting news. - See more at:

"We don't compromise America's bedrock principles...."

Megyn Kelly Indirectly Responds to O’Reilly on Geller: We Don’t Compromise Our Values

"We don't compromise America's bedrock principles.... Some in this country have been so busy trying to figure out how to avoid causing any religion any offense they have forgotten what is offensive to Americans, namely those who would trample on OUR core ideals. In America we stand for LIBERTY, and freedom, to offend, to provoke, to persuede, and to defy."

MSNBC Did WHAT To Pamela Geller? (VIDEO)

Chris Hayes at MSNBC defended Pamela Geller this week. - Kevin Jackson/The BlackSphere
As several conservatives lambasted Pamela Geller this week after terrorists tried to shoot her dead, far left crank Chris Hayes from MSNBC actually defended Pamela Geller this week. - Gateway Pundit

Spencer and Geller Are No Longer Simply Counter-Jihadists - BFH/IOTW

A funny thing happened on the way to Garland, Texas. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller transformed from counter-jihadists into Geiger-counters, instruments that are able to detect two deadly elements – Islamium and Stupidium....

California Congressman Tom McClintock: “China is writing the rules while we’re left behind...Freedom works. And it’s time that we put it back to work.”

Weekly Republican Address: This week, Congressman Tom McClintock discusses bipartisan legislation to hold Washington accountable for better trade agreements that mean more jobs, prosperity, and freedom for the American people.

Election 2016: Meet the GOP's outsider candidates

Mainstream media already have a few favorites among the Republican Party's rapidly growing list of long-shot 2016 presidential candidates.

With the recent entries of Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee into the race, the Republicans now have multiple declared candidates who score single-digit percentages in RealClearPolitics' average of polls. Other one-digit players expected to enter the race include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and others.

But being an unlikely 2016 choice doesn't necessarily mean the press won't be interested in your campaign. A few unlikely GOP hopefuls boast of an impressive amount of media attention.

21-year-old builds go-to group for reaching young conservatives...

This Boy Wonder Is Building the Conservative in an Illinois Garage - Bloomberg Politics

Republican National Committee to share data with 2016 campaigns

Friday, May 8, 2015

"The haystack is the entire country" says FBI as they warn of growing #ISIS threat in the US

Sachs: People in Charity Work Unhappy With Clinton's Schmoozing For Years

Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in a discussion about the book “Clinton Cash,” left-leaning economics professors Jeffrey Sachs said, “There is a lot of money sloshing around, and everything is blurred, and it’s not good.”

Sachs said, “There is a lot here that is real, whether it’s quid pro quos or not, who knows. But the amount of schmoozing involved and crossing lines and one person putting money in a foundation, and then Clinton getting unbelievable amounts for his speeches, and then contracts going one way or another. It’s not good. Those blurry lines have been seen by many people.”

“People that work this places like Haiti, for example, saw that this massive machine of State Department, Clinton Foundation, private businesses with money flowing in every every direction,” Sachs said. “Clinton getting awards with massive price tags that he charges, contracts going to the businesses that were giving the awards. Nobody liked it. Nobody liked it and people saw it for years.”

Norway just scrapped all blasphemy laws in honour of Charlie Hebdo

Norway has scrapped its longstanding blasphemy law, meaning it is now legal to mock the beliefs of others, in a direct response to January’s brutal attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Only Two Republicans Admit They Actually Read Secret Obama Trade Deal—Both Unsupportive


“Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point of their lives,” she explained, adding that the threats lurk behind them “every step of the way… in the midst of active conflict, in areas under control of armed actors, at check-points and border crossings, and in detention facilities.” - Breitbart

“Girls are literally being stripped naked and examined in slave bazaars,” she claimed and said they were “categorized and shipped naked off to Dohuk or Mosul or other locations to be distributed among ISIL leadership and fighters.”

In November, a video on YouTube showed ISIS militants laughing and joking while purchasing Yazidi slaves. The men acted like they were bidding on an object, not a human being. One man explained to the camera eye color makes a difference on the price and the female must have all her teeth.

Happy VE Day!

WSJ/NBC Poll: Marco Rubio leads Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and others among GOP primary voters

The IRS Goes to Court The agency suggests it can discriminate for 270 days. Judges gasp.

The Beltway media may be bored, but the IRS scandal is a long way from over. - Wall St. Journal

It isn’t every day that judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declare themselves “shocked.” But that happened on Monday when an animated three-judge panel eviscerated the IRS and Justice Department during oral argument in a case alleging the agency delayed the tax-exempt application of a pro-Israel group due to its policy views.

In December 2009, Pennsylvania-based Z Street applied for 501(c)(3) status to pursue its pro-Israel educational mission. In July 2010, when the group called to check on what was taking so long, an IRS agent said that auditors had been instructed to give special attention to groups connected with Israel, and that they had sent some of those applications to a special IRS unit for additional review....

The suit should also be foreclosed, the government argued, because under Section 7428(b)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code groups may sue to obtain their tax-exempt status if no action has been taken for 270 days, and that should be an alternative to Z Street’s approach.

“You don’t really mean that, right? Because the next couple words would be the IRS is free to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint, religion, race [for 270 days]. You don’t actually think that?” Judge Garland said. “Imagine the IRS announces today a policy that says as follows: No application by a Jewish group or an African-American group will be considered until one day short of the period under the statute . . . Is it your view that that cannot be challenged?”...

Poor Ms. McLaughlin was sent to argue the indefensible so the IRS can delay discovery until the waning days of the Obama Administration. “If I were you, I would go back and ask your superiors whether they want us to represent that the government’s position in this case is that the government is free to unconstitutionally discriminate against its citizens for 270 days,” said Judge Garland....

California: Assembly Democrats Kill Important Transparency Bill

They’ve done it again — Democrats in the California Legislature killed another good bill. While this may not seem newsworthy, the way they did the killing is.

For the third time since she has been in the Legislature, Assembly Minority Leader Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto, authored a bill to require all legislation to be in print and available to the public for at least 72 hours before a vote.

Rather than debating Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1, and then voting on it, Assembly Democrats in the Assembly Budget Committee sent the bill to the “suspense file,” following a brief speech from one lawmaker about the importance of transparency. This is underhanded and the epitome of hypocrisy; the bill was effectively killed without an up-or-down vote of the committee members.

“Apparently they are embarrassed to take a stand,” Olsen said. “They’d rather have the bill disappear.”

Big surprise in Britain: Conservatives beat Labour --- and the polls

David Axelrod, the architect of President Obama’s monumental victories in the United States, suffered a series of devastating losses in this week’s United Kingdom elections, after being paid nearly half of a million dollars to take on the role.

Axelrod, who in addition to his role in presidential campaigns helped two Democrat gubernatorial candidates secure their seats, was supposed to be the muscle that would finally take down Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s stronghold.

But the Democratic political consultant gave Labour leader Ed Miliband such a large loss that Miliband resigned the next day.

Why @RandPaul wants yesterday’s ruling on the NSA to go to the Supreme Court

Bizarre fake police force included Kamala Harris aide

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn't recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February. - LA TIMES

One man introduced himself as chief of the Masonic Fraternal Police Department and told Johnson this was a courtesy call to let him know the agency was setting up shop in the area.

They met for 45 minutes, Johnson said, but he was left confused and suspicious — so much so that he immediately ordered deputies to pull station surveillance video so they would have images of the visitors. He also assigned detectives to check them out....

This week, the three people were charged with impersonating police officers. They are David Henry, who told Johnson he was the police chief, Tonette Hayes and Brandon Kiel, an aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.

It turns out Henry, Hayes and Kiel had allegedly introduced themselves to police agencies across the state, though it is unclear why. A website claiming to represent their force cites connections to the Knights Templars that they say go back 3,000 years. The site also said that the department had jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico.

...Johnson said Kiel did most of the talking during their meeting. Kiel said in addition to his police position, he worked for Harris. When Kiel departed, Johnson said, he left his card from the state Department of Justice.

Blind Mom Goes In For An Ultrasound,

Now Watch What The Doctor Does. -

Mother's Day is Sunday.

The Left's Insane Response to the Texas Terror Attack

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Divided Era: How We Got Here and the Keys to America's Reconciliation

◼ Tom Del Beccaro's book Available at Amazon

The larger our governments, the greater the competition for their spoils--therefore our divisions.
''There simply is so much at stake today. As a result, our governments that benefit so many, employ so many, and tax so widely--in short our governments that pick so many winners and losers--are understandably subject to an intense competition for their control.'' So writes author Thomas Del Beccaro in this fascinating study of the history of political unity and division in the US, from the Revolution to the adoption of the Constitution, the Civil War through Reconstruction, The Gilded Age to our present Divided Era.

While we have had our conflicts over large issues and the role of government in the past, and still do today, an emerging cause of the partisanship and division we now know today did not exist at our nation's founding. Our governments were smaller, levied minimal taxes, and thus held out fewer spoils for citizens to fight over.

Can the US find its way back to being a less divided country? Yes, says Del Beccaro, but only if citizens understand the growing source of our divisions: ever larger governments. Americans must demand that government shrink back to a less divisive size and scope and support leaders capable of setting unifying goals--for which Del Beccaro offers five key strategies. In fact, the consequences of not slimming the behemoth governments--federal, state, and local--will only lead to an ever widening divide, and more acrimonious and harmful partisanship.

The Divided Era lays out the case for smaller government, more responsive political leadership, and ultimately a more cohesive citizenry.

Tom is running for US Senate (Barbara Boxer's seat, against Kamala Harris

Book Tour Schedule includes a visit to Humboldt in October.

Why couldn’t $130 million transform one of Baltimore’s poorest places?

Along the street where Freddie Gray was arrested, abandoned houses are gashed with gaping holes. The roof on an old red-brick building is collapsed. A storm drain is clogged with concrete. - Washington Post via ◼ 98.9 FM The Answer

It’s another failure of half-baked liberal policy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into projects to try to rehabilitate inner city neighborhoods like Baltimore’s. But as the Washington Post reported, government bureaucracy stifled innovation and jobs never materialized.

...The effort to revive Sandtown was massive. More than 1,000 homes were eventually renovated or built. Schools were bolstered. Education and health services were launched.

But there were many obstacles along the way, according to Enterprise’s report. Some residents complained that the vision was too grand to execute. Others involved said the city’s bureaucracy stifled innovation.

The most significant problem, according to community organizers and the Enterprise report, was that new businesses and jobs never materialized. And as Baltimore’s decent-paying manufacturing jobs vanished — a problem shared by Detroit, Cleveland and other Rust Belt cities — there were fewer and fewer opportunities for Sandtown residents to find meaningful work.

In the absence of jobs, the drug trade flourished.

Exit polls out of UK appear to show #DavidCameron will reamin Prime Minister

Matt Drudge: Coverage tonight on SkyNews fabulous! Clean, simple graphics, urgency. But really staying up til crack of dawn?!

Republicans pretty much HAVE to win Florida & Ohio to get to 270 Electoral Votes to win the White House


Top federal court rules against NSA’s phone records program

California’s proposed healthcare program for illegal immigrants to cost $740 million per year

'Supergirl' gets CBS series

For many millennials the right to free speech ends where the right to not be offended begins

The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll on free speech should probably come as no surprise in this era of “trigger warnings” and “microaggressions.” But the poll found that Millennials were least likely to support free speech rights, particularly when that speech could be seen as offensive.

The Pew Research Center polled a random sampling of American adults after the Charlie Hebdo murders, asking if publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad was okay. Just over 50 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds believed this to be the case, according to the poll — the lowest of any age group....

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

'Clinton Cash' is out, and it's taking Hillary down with it.

Showing poise in coping with mistakes is a large part of the game, too

Heh: Carly Fiorina answers Seth Meyers question about domain snafu by buying - HotAir

Carly Fiorina, who just jumped into the race for the presidency Monday, has spent the week coolly sitting for interviews and cleverly parrying jabs from reporters and critics. It is obvious that after losing her Senate race in 2010 to Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina did some real hard work on improving her skills as a candidate, and it paid off. Nonetheless, the week was marred by a rather glaring mistake, especially for a tech-centric candidate like the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. Fiorina failed to register the domain, and a critic promptly took it over and launched it as an attack site on her record. Cruz before her had experienced the same fate.

Although it’s always preferable that a candidate not make a preventable mistake in the first place, we’re all humans here, and showing poise in coping with mistakes is a large part of the game, too (and a skill one Hillary Clinton lacks entirely). On Seth Meyers’ late-night show Tuesday, Fiorina showed how a clever comeback and a bit of pop-culture savvy can come close to eclipsing the original gaffe.

Quinnipiac Poll: Walker Leads GOP Field

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a commanding lead in a poll of Iowa Republican caucus-goers while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush comes in a distant seventh among a large field of potential contenders. - Newsman

According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted April 25 to May 4 of 667 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants:
Walker: 21 percent
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: 13 percent
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 13 percent
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 12 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 11 percent
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson: 7 percent
Bush: 5 percent
No other candidate surveyed has higher than 3 percent.

GOP 2016 diversity on display in campaign rollouts

With Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina officially joining the GOP presidential race Monday, the Republican field includes two Latinos, an African-American and a woman. And depending on Bobby Jindal's next move, an Indian-American -- a term he's not fond of -- could also be in the mix.

2016 is shaping up to be a year of historic diversity for Republicans, setting the party apart from the all white line-up that's emerging on the Democratic side. That distinction is important for Republicans as some in the party try to make inroads with minorities. But the biggest question is whether a diverse slate of candidates will actually help the GOP overcome its demographic problem, which has contributed to losses at the presidential level in two successive elections.

"With more diversity, comes diverse attention and with diverse attention comes diverse voters," said Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist. "It's not going to change the world, but it's helpful. It's a chip away strategy, every percentage counts. It's not a planned out strategy, but it's one that Republicans should take advantage of."

The RealClearPolitics average of poll measures 14 candidates in the Republican race. Fiorina is 14th, with 1.0 percent of the vote. Carson is eighth, with 4.8 percent. Neither seems set to scare the leaders anytime soon.

But both bring something to the race; if nothing else, the Carson and Fiorina rollouts Monday showed the sprawling range of the Republican campaign. And while each GOP candidate is different from each other, perhaps the greatest contrast of all is between Republican diversity and the virtually single-candidate race on the other side.

Congress just passed a 10-year #BalancedBudget without raising anyone's taxes.

#Obamacare tax shock = worse than anyone imagined

Iran’s supreme leader threatens to walk out of nuclear talks


ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack "any target we desire."

The threat, posted on anonymous message board JustPasteIt, singles out Geller, who helped plan a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that was attacked by two gunmen in Garland, Texas, over the weekend....

"The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah (authority or governance) in the heart of our enemy," the message reads.

"Our aim was the khanzeer (pig) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don't care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter."

It says the militants will target Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.Another high-profile target of terrorists, controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, made a brief appearance at the contest, where he spoke to the 200 attendees before leaving with his security team.

Wilders, who is an outspoken critic of Islam and is on Al Qaeda's hit list, will headline the Palm Beach County Republican Party's "Lobsterfest" in August in Florida. Geller's upcoming scheduled public appearances are unknown....

Is Pam Geller the Bravest Woman in the U.S.? - Dr. Helen Smith/PJMedia

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that what she is doing is brave. How many women in this country (or men for that matter) would fight the good fight for free speech and do it at the risk of his or her life? How many Americans anymore really believe Patrick Henry’s famous words: “Give me liberty or give me death”?

Ms. Geller has shown by her words and actions that she believes these words and believes in her freedom and that of her fellow Americans to address what they see as the concerns of the day. In these cowardly times, her actions put her head and shoulders above the mainstream press and others who believe that there is only one politically correct way to address those who wish to harm Jews and others.... KEEP READING

Liberal media blames the victim - Brent Bozell

Not Just Pam:

A woman spoke.
Men with guns shot at her for speaking.

Do we really need to take an "on the one hand, on the other hand" approach here.

And we need not talk about "tone" or whether Ms. Gellar speaks for us on all things.

One does not award Style Points on a battlefield.

Megyn Kelly, Shooting Down Bill O'Reilly's Cowardly Stance on the Garland Shooting: "Should We Get Rid of All the Jews, Too?" - Ace Of Spades

12 million trees dead in CA drought.

The Laura Bush you don't know... and the precious lesson she taught me

My mom is known by many for her quiet grace and her service to our country. But her public persona doesn't quite live up to her actual character. The person you see on television is actually quite different than the strong, poised woman who raised me. - Jenna Bush Hager/TODAY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina Nails @KatieCouric on Double Standards, Hillary Defense

COURIC: Speaking of women, you've had some unkind words for Hillary Clinton. You said that she was not trustworthy and she hasn't accomplished very much. I think people might think, "Well, she was the senator from New York and she was the Secretary of State." How can you really make those claims?

FIORINA: Well, you see, Katie, in the world I come from, a title is just a title. I mean, you went through a whole bunch of things about me as CEO. You weren't impressed with my title. Why are we so impressed with political titles? Senator is a title. Secretary of State is a title. It's a completely legitimate question to say, "What has anyone accomplished with their title?" And the truth is, there are many in the political class who haven't accomplished a whole lot, despite their titles.

COURIC: What about the trustworthy claim?

FIORINA: Well, you know, I think when you know that Benghazi is a purposeful terrorist attack and you peddle a fiction for four weeks after that attack, that indicates you are not trustworthy. When you talk about a private e-mail server, that's not trustworthy. When it turns out that you were supposed to be disclosing all these foreign government donations to the Clinton Global Initiative while you were Secretary of State and you didn't and now the Clinton Global Initiative is having to restate their 990s, that doesn't sound very trustworthy to me.

Populist Force Of Parents Against Common Core Grows Strong

Extreme secrecy erodes support for Obama's Trade Pact

Lawmakers forced to surrender notes...
Forbidden from discussing details with public...
USA runs more than $50 billion trade deficit -- in one month!
Economic Confidence Index Down Sharply...