Saturday, May 14, 2016
Now it’s the Democratic convention that’s promising to get messy.
After piling up millions of votes and wins in 19 states, Bernie Sanders and his supporters are beginning to lay out their expectations for the Democratic National Convention — and they’re expressing deep frustration with what they see as a wall of party resistance....
Then there's the #RICO20, happening NOW:
From CEI’s web page via Watts Up With That?: "The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) prevailed in a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) lawsuit against George Mason University (GMU). The VFOIA request sought public records showing how the “RICO-20” group of academics, using public funding, organized their call for a federal racketeering investigation of “corporations and other entities” who disagreed with them on climate policy.
The judge ruled for CEI on all counts in an April 22 ruling in Christopher Horner and CEI v. George Mason University that the court released today. The ruling concluded that by leaving it to faculty who simply told the school’s FOIA officer they had no responsive records, GMU failed to conduct an adequate search; the judge also ruled that documents including emails from GMU Professor Ed Maibach must be released to CEI.
“This victory puts on notice those academics who have increasingly inserted themselves into politics, that they cannot use taxpayer-funded positions to go after those who disagree with them and expect to hide it,” said Chris Horner, CEI fellow and co-plaintiff. “These records are highly relevant to the state attorneys general campaign that these academics hoped for, and will be of great assistance to the public in trying to understand how their tax dollars are being used for political fights.”
In 2015, George Mason University (GMU) faculty claimed “no records” existed in response to CEI VFOIA request for records regarding Professor Ed Maibach’s role as a ringleader of the RICO-20 campaign. Other universities provided proof that the “no records” claim was not true, which prompted CEI to sue GMU over the FOIA dispute."
Right-wing Hindus in India are calling Donald Trump the “lone protector of mankind” https://t.co/XbaTXqni3H— TIME.com (@TIME) May 12, 2016
Hillary’s Latest Scandal: She And Bill Siphoned $100 Mil From Mideast Leaders https://t.co/S4Z4YypBGT— Sparc (@king_sparc) May 13, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Obamacare: Costs Go Up, Insurers Drop Out and Consumers Get Screwed https://t.co/3pqKFnQkNM— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 13, 2016
New Report Suggests Massive Insurer Losses In 2015 On Obamacare As Healthcare Spending Explodes https://t.co/Y60KsikpNs— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 13, 2016
Mike Miller has witnessed every convention since 1964. He tells @WEWS why this Convention is a great one to end on
...Senior Advisor Mike Miller never thought he would witness a convention quite as interesting as the 1976 contested one in Kansas City. Now, he is second-guessing himself.
"I think it will be the most covered convention in history," Miller said.
At 79 years old, the Tennessee native is helping to plan the 2016 RNC in Cleveland....
Saudis braced for release of hidden pages of 9/11 report... https://t.co/mty7TsyWgi— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
FBI Holding 80,000 Pages on Saudi-9/11 Link... https://t.co/wwTNY5Wo9O— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 12, 2016
One tiny detail left out of that AP investigation on the Iran nuke deal: The Open Society Institute. https://t.co/X15Pp8XE4Q— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
'HILLARY'S AMERICA' FILM TO OPEN BEFORE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION... https://t.co/hKk3cqZtjN— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 12, 2016
Federal Court: Obamacare Insurance Payments Unconstitutional - a victory for the American people, and for House Republicans, who have stood firm for the rule of law.
OBAMACARE FUNDING 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL' https://t.co/SCIsPwDoQ3— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 12, 2016
Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Funding 'Unconstitutional': https://t.co/CikbM1WwTA— Fox Nation (@foxnation) May 12, 2016
Rep. Darrell Issa: Obamacare ruling proof of administration’s ‘blatant disregard for the Constitution’ https://t.co/bymBctCF9u— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 13, 2016
"Part of the Obama administration’s defense is that the health law was not written well” https://t.co/chHyODC5vr— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) May 13, 2016
Today's Obamacare decision is a victory for the American people, and for House Republicans, who have stood firm for the rule of law.— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 12, 2016
Emails: Hillary Clinton Knew Her Blackberry Was Non-Secure by Feb. 2009, Continued Using it https://t.co/0XTToDBk0C— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 12, 2016
Catharine Baker: Jamba Juice is the latest of many. Pro-jobs policies are needed to prevent the loss of more CA businesses & jobs.
Jamba Juice is the latest of many. Pro-jobs policies are needed to prevent the loss of more CA businesses & jobs. https://t.co/dUBJYTYTiT.— Catharine Baker (@CBakerAD16) May 12, 2016
FBI chief says there's no such thing as a "security inquiry" and that Hillary is under "investigation"
FBI chief says there's no such thing as a "security inquiry" and that Hillary is under "investigation" https://t.co/2JVz8It5Hr— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) May 11, 2016
Tax-raisers report they have collected 1 million signatures to qualify an $11 billion a year tax increase for the November ballot.
Prop 30 was sold to voters as a temporary tax increase – and the proposed 12-year extension isn’t temporary.
Charity Fraud: Wall Street whistleblower drops Clinton Foundation bombshell. "There are massive discrepancies between what major donors say they gave... and the Clinton Foundation said that they got..."
WOODWARD: 20 WASHINGTON POST reporters dig dirt on Trump, 'every phase of his life'... https://t.co/qvLbKWm7Q7— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
"I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and got there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to basically at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills," a man purportedly stationed at Aviano Air Force base in Italy told Fox News on the condition of anonymity.
That's a particularly explosive claim, given that two of the four Americans who died in the attacks were killed in the second wave of attacks, which targeted a CIA annex the morning of Sept. 12. But the whistleblower has not spoken to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is chairman of the select committee investigating the attacks, because "there are so many ways you can get screwed over" for cooperating with lawmakers.
That frustrates Gowdy, who accused the Obama administration of preventing him from talking to all the relevant witnesses. "As a former federal prosecutor, I find it deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors," he said in a Wednesday evening response to the Fox report. "No one should be afraid of talking to their elected representatives in Congress."
Islamic Group Sends Parents Body Parts of Daughters, Video Showing Their Brutal Rape and Torture: The horrors... https://t.co/ILeTnodLbu— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) May 11, 2016
Vogue is trembling with excitement. Everyone is just agog and atwitter over Gloria Steinem’s new series for Vice on “brave women.” Vice has produced Gloria Steinem’s new series on “how violence against women drives global instability,” and it contains not one word about sharia, gender apartheid, sex slaves, or women marked for death by Islamic fatwas right here in America — in other words, not a word about Islamic law. - See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/05/jaccuse-gloria-steinem-vogue-vice.html/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.ERopDEPM.dpuf
REUTERS ROLLING: HILLARY 41.3%, TRUMP 40.0%... https://t.co/JCH2qVHPYg— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
HE SURGES... https://t.co/qdZMRPcppg— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
POLL: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton by huge margin... https://t.co/0KJAvCpdyn— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 9, 2016
TRUMP, CLINTON DEAD HEAT SWING STATES https://t.co/CU2kCG38c3— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 10, 2016
PAPER: Win or lose, Trump has changed the world... https://t.co/6KFo7ybyeb— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 9, 2016
A Very Different Republican Coalition: Can It Fly? https://t.co/s0LDwxvrwi— RedState (@RedState) May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Join me for my primetime special, “Megyn Kelly Presents,” May 17 on FOX. Here’s a preview of my sit-down with Trump.https://t.co/IvKr4izIwE— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 10, 2016
SHE LOSES AGAIN https://t.co/WJGTMAoKEk— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
Hillary loses 2/3 of support from 2008! https://t.co/HArwrhBuBq— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
Latest Sanders Victory Jars Clinton Supporters... https://t.co/9MgCewtP0d— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
SHE'S UNRAVELING... https://t.co/xOO4mbSQpD— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
MINERS GIVE HER THE COAL SHOULDER...
Whitewater: 12 Versions of Hillary Clinton Draft Indictment, 451 Pages, Withheld By National Archives...— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
'DOOMED'... https://t.co/wuQc6Q3b9H— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
SANDERS UNLEASHED: CLINTON 'DISASTER' https://t.co/CKOsmWqnME— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
Sanders: 'Do not moan to me about Clinton's problems'... https://t.co/J0xX1UvM9y— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 11, 2016
Mysteriously MIA: State Department Can't Find Emails From Hillary's IT Guy https://t.co/ejiSNnV6xG— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 9, 2016
Regulations imposed by various levels of government add an average of $84,671 to the price of a new home
Govt regs add an avg of $84,671 to the price of a new home https://t.co/YTUo2oQxVg— HJTA.org (@HJTA) May 10, 2016
“The average cost of regulation embodied in a new home is rising more than twice as fast as the average American’s ability to pay for it,” explains the report.
The bathroom issue is illustrative. Congress has never passed a law prohibiting educational institutions from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But social-justice warriors demand results, so rather than complying with the Constitution’s pesky law-making requirements — or even their own regulatory processes — the DOE and Department of Justice simply “reinterpreted” the law through a series of letters and memoranda.
"Democracy wasn’t working fast enough for the Obama administration, so it decided to give authoritarianism a try."
"Democracy wasn’t working fast enough for the Obama administration, so it decided to give authoritarianism a try."https://t.co/6fOdaeDM8z— National Review (@NRO) May 10, 2016
Peggy Noonan's "Trump was a Spark,not the Fire" (WSJ may7) is simply brilliant and moves us beyond the tactical griping of Washington— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 10, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
The media is only interested in these protests when violence or riots erupt — "If it bleeds, it leads" remains the guiding principle of the national press.
But if a protest passes more or less peacefully, as most do, the media tends to ignore it — which is a tragedy, because this dismissiveness hides the sobering reality that 2016's anti-Trump protests, even when nonviolent, have already escalated into kaleidoscopic circuses of unhinged hysteria.
This report reveals what a typical anti-Trump protest is really like, in all its bizarre end-times glory, for once setting aside who punched whom or which window got smashed.
White House cites executive privilege, keeps Obama adviser from testifying about Iran nuclear deal https://t.co/joJduP6DVG— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 17, 2016
Obama adviser snubs hearing on Iran deal - White House cites executive privilege, senators seek firing - https://t.co/QKu0VHi9gW— WND News (@worldnetdaily) May 18, 2016
It's worth reading to see (a) how mainstream the NYT writer is, (b) how radical and dumb Rhodes' hack journos are https://t.co/pLiXseQlVC— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) May 10, 2016
The ignorant children in the White House are running US foreign policy into tragedy. https://t.co/RU32eskZkl— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) May 10, 2016
First Muslim Miss USA converts to Christianity: Reporthttps://t.co/nCeos8RElI— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 7, 2016
...Ms. Fakih, a Lebanese-American who won Miss USA in 2010, converted last month in anticipation of her marriage to Wassim Salibi, a Christian music producer, Christian Today reported.
Canadian singer The Weeknd, who is managed by Mr. Salibi, is expected to perform at the couple’s wedding next week in Lebanon, Al Bawaba reported.
Ms. Fakih, 30, recently tweeted a verse from the Bible: “Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” she wrote.
On Monday, she tweeted a photo of herself with the hashtag #Blessed....
In a 2010 interview, she told Religion News Service: “We’re more of a spiritual family. Religion really doesn’t define me or my family. My family’s been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions.
Off the CAIR agenda! Networks Ignore Muslim Miss USA's Conversion to Christianity by Mairead McArdle https://t.co/h5tBx86jsw— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) May 11, 2016
Under scrutiny, Facebook VP explains why ‘lunch’ never trends; Buzzfeed a ‘most trusted’ news source https://t.co/7bnsGNn2IV— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 12, 2016
In 1913, there were 400 pages in the tax code. Today, there are 74,608 pages. #TaxDay— ATR (@taxreformer) April 23, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
(T)he roots of the issue, Politico reports, stem from Presidential Policy Directive 22, an Obama administration decision that apparently gives the Secret Service the task of “access control” to the political conventions. Another report from USA Today indicated that Obama has issued 19 such “policy directives” (PPDs) without disclosing them to the public.
According to a Politico article published last month, journalists wanting to attend the Republican and Democratic political conventions this summer will have to submit to a new credentialing process that includes background checks conducted by the Secret Service.
Ironically, the roots of the issue, Politico reports, stem from Presidential Policy Directive 22, an Obama administration decision that apparently gives the Secret Service the task of “access control” to the political conventions. Another report from USA Today indicated that Obama has issued 19 such “policy directives” (PPDs) without disclosing them to the public.
The USA Today article quotes a political scientist and former advisor to Congress as stating PPDs “have the same legal force as an executive order, forming a body of largely secret law.” Nevertheless, executive orders must be published in the Federal Register. “PPDs are not," the advisor said. "It is a kind of secret law. People have to obey it. But it's a directive that can allocate money, direct people or take a course of action."
The media, needless to say, are incensed. A piece in the Daily Beast – using a metaphor that we consider especially amusing – characterizes the Washington press establishment as “up in arms.” That article even suggests that the Secret Service, having been “tarnished” by “aggressive investigative reporting,” may abuse its newly-conferred authority to settle the score.
Journalists cited by the Beast fault the “inscrutable security screening process for which there are no plainly established criteria, and from which there is no appeal,” as well as the idea that government is now exercising discretion over “who can and can’t be a journalist.”
“I don’t think the First Amendment allows that,” one journalist huffs. Concerns have also been raised that arrests arising from what the journalists claim is prior First Amendment activity might be enough to exclude them. Some are even floating the idea of “boycotting” the vetting process for credentials en masse.
Now that big media is feeling the indignity and insecurity of submitting their rights to the whims of an opaque and seemingly arbitrary bureaucratic screening process, we can only say, “Welcome to the club ... It serves you right.”