Saturday, August 23, 2014

1,461 Days of Summer

Obama’s endless second-term vacation - Matthew Continetti/Washington Free Beacon

The headline was brutal. “Bam’s Golf War: Prez tees off as Foley’s parents grieve,” read the cover of Thursday’s New York Daily News. Obama’s gaffe was this: He had denounced the beheading of James Foley from a vacation spot in Martha’s Vineyard, then went to the golf course. Seems like he had a great time. Such a great time that he returned to the Farm Neck Golf Club—sorry, membership is full—the next day.

Technically, Obama’s vacation began on August 9. It is scheduled to end on Sunday, August 24. With the exception of a two-day interlude in D.C., it has been two weeks of golf, jazz, biking, beach going, dining out, celebrating, and sniping from critics, not all of them conservative, who are unnerved by the president taking time off at a moment of peril.

Attacking the president for vacation is usually the job of the out party. But these days it is the job of all parties. Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, ISIL, Ebola, child migrants on the border, racial strife in Ferguson, an American murdered by the caliphate—critics say the president who danced to every song at Ann Jordan’s birthday party seems remote and aloof from, and even mildly annoyed by, such concerns.

I disagree. Not with the judgment that Obama is detached, dialing it in, contemptuous of events that interfere with his plans. I disagree with the idea that this August has been different, in any meaningful way, from the rest of Obama’s second term. For this president, the distinction between “time off” and “time on” is meaningless. For this president, every day is a vacation. And has been for some time....

The Criminalization Of Being A Republican

The left is doing a good job of charging Americans for being conservative! - RedState

..Gov. Perry and Gov. Walker aren’t the only Republican Governors to face the specter of being turned into a criminal simply for being a Republican.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was the subject of numerous baseless ethics complaints lodged against her following John McCain’s decision to tap her as his VP running mate in 2008. Leftist Democrats from Alaska and from the lower 48 took advantage of Alaska’s ethics laws and abused it in an attempt to play gotcha with her in an attempt to drive her out of (national)politics.

...This concerted effort to use the legal system to criminalize being an elected Republican are making a mockery of our judicial system and it has to be stopped, and that includes Attorney General Eric Holder and all of his politically based court fillings against Republican leaning states and Governors over things like immigration and voter ID.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CFRW Capitol Update (Friday, August 22, 2014)

President’s Message

It is so important for us to all review our Bylaws and Standing Rules, especially in an election year. Here are a few examples from our CFRW Bylaws and Standing Rules that specifically talk about ethics. You might want to share these with all your club members.

ARTICLE V – ETHICS  Section 1. Candidate Endorsements
  1. Where there is more than one Republican candidate for nomination or election in a special election, a top two primary election, or a top two general election, if a local club wishes to vote to endorse one of the Republican candidates, they may do so provided that all other Republican candidates for that position have been given the opportunity to be heard. Such a vote shall require that all regular members receive ten days previous notice, including date, time and place of the meeting, and the vote to endorse the candidate is by ballot. Providing a quorum is present, a three-fourth (3/4) vote of those members present is required to endorse.
Section 4.It shall be considered a breach of ethics for a member to speak disparagingly in public of any Republican candidates. It shall also be considered a breach of ethics to publicly promote a candidate of another party in speech, in print or electronic communication in a partisan or non-partisan election and may be just cause for a member’s suspension or dismissal.
Standing Rules V Endorsements.
  1. While each Republican woman may work for the candidate of her choice, the local club and local club President must remain neutral until after the primary election.
Article V. Section 1 (a) However if there is only one Republican candidate at the close of the filing date, the Club President may endorse.

This also applies to State, Division, County Presidents and Regional Directors.

The actions that shall constitute the endorsement of a candidate can be found in the CFRW Bylaws Standing Rules V Endorsements 2.

Policy Section V Electronic Communications

All correspondence initiated or forwarded by a member becomes public record. The member then has ownership and shall be held accountable for all messages affecting the Federation under the guidelines of CFRW Ethics.   (See Bylaws Article V)

Starting in September our clubs will all be gearing up for the busy fall schedule of meetings and sharing important information to help our members elect our candidates in November. It might be helpful to have your club Parliamentarian make a presentation about the bylaws to help your members become more familiar with them at your September or October meeting and/or in your club newsletter. She might especially highlight the articles in the CFRW Bylaws/Standing Rules /and Procedures sections that pertain to elections, endorsements, and ethics.

I know it will be Republican Women who make a difference in November because we care about the future of our Federation, California, and America. We will work as hard as is necessary to ensure that America continues to be the greatest nation the world has even known!

God Bless You & God Bless America
Thank you for all you do,
Working Together To Make A Difference

Life or Death

As the end of session nears, some bills live on while others have met their demise. Unfortunately too many “bad bills” are still alive and well, and we have to work hard to stop them! Find you Assembly Member HERE

SB 33 (Wolk, D)- Remember this doozey? Well it has come out of hibernation and the Democrats are looking to pass it fast. SB 33 would repeal the voter approval apparatus to create “Infrastructure Financing Districts,” which would have the ability to raise bonds and joint powers agreements. This is a very dangerous bill which takes away voter oversight of government entities. Call your ASSEMBLY MEMBER and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 33!

SB 53 ( DeLeon, D)- This bill has been resurrected last minute! It was all but dead a week ago, but perhaps the Democrats are trying to pass it without the public noticing. We must act fast! SB 53 would mandate that Californians purchase permits before they can purchase ammunition for their guns, which would be kept on file with the Attorney General. This is a clear infringement of our Second Amendment rights and must be stopped! Please call your ASSEMBLY MEMBER and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 53!

SB 1077 (DeSaulnier, D)- Although this bill was amended days ago to change the name of the program from “Mileage Based Fees” to “Road Usage Charges,” the effect of the bill remains intact. Democrats want to squeeze every penny from Californians, so are proposing a pilot program to charge automobile users based on the miles they drive every day. There are so many things wrong with this bill; it is hard to name them all. First, it gives the California Transportation Commission carte blanch in creating and implementing this pilot program. There are serious privacy issues with tracking a citizen’s mileage and car usage. It disproportionately targets those who have to drive further for work or those in rural areas who drive further for necessities. We must stop this bill! Call your ASSEMBLY MEMBER and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 1077!

Club Spotlight
This week’s spotlight club is Fresno City and County RWF! Great job ladies! Read more about the wonderful things this club is doing HERE

Membership Handbook
Our National Federation of Republican Women’s Handbook has some really wonderful information on recruiting and maintaining members. Please take a look and help your club get over 100% membership this year! Click HERE for the handbook! 

Support Our Candidates!

The general election is right around the corner and our members are working hard for Republican candidates across the state! Here is a list of the Republican candidates for statewide office and their websites so that you can help!
Governor – Neel Kashkari
Lieutenant Governor – Ron Nehring
Secretary of State – Pete Peterson
Controller – Ashley Swearengin
Treasurer – Greg Conlon
Attorney General – Ronald Gold
Insurance Commissioner – Ted Gaines
Board of Equalization District 1 – George Runner
Board of Equalization District 2 – James E. Theis
Board of Equalization District 3 – G. Rick Marshall
Board of Equalization District 4 – Diane L. Harkey

Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate

California's Republican Comeback...

Former California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro highlights competitive races in the run-up to November's mid-term elections. VIDEO AT THE LINK - Wall St. Journal

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman: ‘Open Borders’ Make ISIL an ‘Immediate Threat

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon briefing Thursday that “because of open borders and immigration issues,” the Islamic State of Iraq is an “immediate threat.” - IJ Review
During the briefing, held by Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a reporter asked: “Is it the calculation that ISIL presents a 9/11 level threat to the United States?” Hagel responded first:
“ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded.”

[T]his is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready.”

“Many terror organizations refer to Chicago as Obama Town,” said CBS 2 security expert Ross Rice, a former FBI agent in Chicago. Under President Obama, the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden, and used repeated drone strikes to weaken terror networks.
SENATOR: ISIS developing plan to 'blow up' major city...
'Most dangerous position we've ever been in'...
White House: Could 'Pivot' to 9/11 Style Attack...
Law enforcement intensifying efforts to identify sympathizers...
FBI, 'Homeland Security' Warn Police To Be Alert...
GENERAL: 'Destroy Now'...
Jumped Mexican Border?

On a Lighter Note: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Mitt Romney keeps it classy for the ALS ice bucket challenge - Washington Examiner

Ann Romney accepts the challenge

Trey Gowdy

President George Bush

15 Politicos Cool Down With ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - The Daily Signal

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke: Eric Holder Needs to Apologize to Cops

Attorney general Eric Holder and Missouri Democratic leaders need to apologize to the law-enforcement community for impugning officers’ motives in light of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., according to one prominent county sheriff. - Andrew Johnson/National Review Online

Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke, who gained notoriety last year for encouraging gun ownership within his Wisconsin community, said Holder, Governor Jay Nixon, and Senator Claire McCaskill made the situation in Ferguson worse with their “irresponsible, inflammatory” comments about the city’s police force and its supposed problem with race relations. Clarke argued on Fox News on Friday that the trio was “insinuating that our law-enforcement officers across the United States engage in some nefarious or systematic and cultural attempts to violate people’s civil rights.”

“I thought that was a slap in the face to every law-enforcement officer in America who puts on the badge and the uniform everyday to go out and risk their lives in service to their community,” he said.

Clarke specifically called on Holder to either further explain himself or apologize to law enforcement for “adding hot sauce to this volatile situation.”


Attorney General Eric Holder travelled to Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday to personally intervene in the investigation of the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unprecedented and highly questionable move. In a column published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder claimed that the Justice Department would conduct an investigation that would be “fair” and “independent.” But given Holder’s biased views on race and the history of his tenure at DOJ that we outline in our new book, “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” we have serious doubts that his department can conduct an impartial investigation....

The unrest in Ferguson has obviously been triggered by unproven – and increasingly unlikely, given the emerging evidence – allegations that Brown was targeted by Officer Darren Wilson because of his race. Brown is not only a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store, but Wilson was apparently severely injured in the struggle with Brown. The notion that Wilson deliberately targeted Brown, let alone used vastly excessive force in the interaction, seems a bit dubious at this point. Still, Holder has dispatched a team of lawyers from the Criminal Section to supervise over 40 FBI agents sent to Ferguson to investigate this tragic situation. The attorneys “deployed to lead this process,” says Holder, are the “Civil Rights Division’s most experienced prosecutors.”

What Holder did not say is that it is these “experienced prosecutors” in the Criminal Section who he is so “proud of,” along with lawyers in the U.S. Attorneys’ office in New Orleans, who were accused last year by a federal judge in Louisiana of “grotesque prosecutorial abuse.”

...Frankly, the Justice Department should step back and allow state and local officials to investigate what happened. There is no evidence that these local officials are not conducting a competent, objective investigation. And given the biases and checkered history of the Attorney General and the Civil Rights Division, as well as the complete politicization of DOJ by Holder, we can have no confidence in the credibility of an investigation by his Department.

Was Putin right about Syria?

The irony of the moment is tragic. But to some, it doesn't come as much of a surprise. Many cautioned against the earlier insistence of the Obama administration (as well as other governments) that Assad must go, fearing what would take hold in the vacuum. - Washington Post

One of those critics happened to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, who warned against U.S. intervention in Syria in a New York Times op-ed last September. He wrote:

A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

Tragedy is the mother of poisonous pretension.

THE FERGUSON FEEDING FRENZY - Michelle Malkin/Human Events

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism.

Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas....

From the L.A. riots to Hurricane Katrina to Ferguson, an eternal truth endures: Tragedy is the mother of poisonous pretension.

NO FACTS, NO PEACE - Ann Coulter/Human Events

The media is often quick to judge, paint a story of racial hatred, ignore facts and create a frenzy.

The true story of what happened is Ferguson is only just starting to come out and the facts could paint a very different story. Stay tuned.

TheDC's Jim Antle says that Ferguson isn't completely Black and White...but rather it has shades of gray - Daily Caller

...Just as one can simultaneously deplore rioting and looting while also criticizing a militarized police department for treating an outraged black community as an alien population to be occupied and pacified rather than American citizens who are to be protected and served.

Here is the blunt truth: virtually nobody knows what happened between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown on that tragic day. Even after the investigation is over, we probably never will know all the facts.

Most people are reacting to what happened in Ferguson based on their own personal experiences, not the facts of this particular case....

It's almost surreal now to listen to Obama's Cairo speech praising Islam & stressing what America can learn from it.

Dinesh D'Souza

Our JV President: Never saw ISIL coming - Washington Free Beacon

CFRW Club Spotlight! Fresno City & County Republican Women Federated


Each event held for Fresno CCRWF this summer has boosted our membership. Honor Flight is a national program to treat veterans to a visit to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Paul Loeffler, host of KMJ’s Hometown Heroes, spoke about this program at the June luncheon. Local veteran and retired minister, Dick Christensen, gave a moving account of his Honor Flight trip and fortified our patriotism. This touching event encouraged guests to join the club. That evening we welcomed a group of vets returning from DC at the Fresno airport.

July started off with a New Member Orientation Breakfast at the Café Via. CFRW-Central Division, Region IV Director Janelle Seibert spoke on “3 in 1 Membership” while CFRW-CD bylaws Chair, Maxine Bennett, stressed the importance of having bylaws. FCCRWF 1st VP, Sharon Gerardi, spoke on Republican principle. Fresno Membership Promotion Chair, Martha Kistler, urged the new members to become involved in voter registration and GOTV.

Special guest, Brenda McElroy, of Organized by Choice gave great tips in her talk on “Time Management for Busy Republican Women.” An additional highlight were the introductions by new members. Although a diverse group, the new members are united in their patriotism and are concerned for the future. Each new member received a New Member Packet, of information about the Federation and how it operates.

Despite the hot July weather, we had a record-breaking attendance for our Fashion Show Fund Raiser. Fresno CCRWF 2nd VP, Jessie Robb, and her team, assembled a silent auction while Mary Ellen Willis of Nonnie’s House Boutique was an entertaining moderator for the fashions. Guest models included Fresno County Supervisor Judy Case, and CFRW President Roseann Slonsky-Breault. Roseann was also our guest speaker. Her enthusiasm definitely contributed to the new members we received that day.

Fresno CCRWF President, Cheryl Storer, organized summer Action Nights at the Victory headquarters. We noticed that new members join because they are worried about the country. They are coming off the sidelines to help move things in a better direction. Activities like Action Nights are what they want to see us organizing. We are keeping our mission of electing Republicans at the forefront of everything we do in response to our new members desires.

Event attendance has almost doubled. We credit our professional website ◼ ( and the use of iContact for the increase in membership as well. Implementing these things has been cost efficient and the results have been substantial. We have increased our web presence with our Twitter account and can track the campaigns more effectively by following the candidates on Twitter. In addition we maintain good relations with the Central Valley Tea Party and promote each other’s events.

The only “dark” event of this summer for our organization was in the movie theater watching Dinesh D’Souza’s America or Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform. With 30 new members we’re happy we kept our programs going. Stay tuned for a busy fall.

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PENTAGON OFFICIAL: ISIS Had NO IDEA the U.S. attacked ISIS to recover James Foley until their mission was leaked and politicized by the Obama Administration

Pentagon Official: White House Foley Leak Endangers Future Operations, American Hostages - Joseph Miller/Daily Caller

Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.

...When the hostage rescue force arrived at the target location in Syria, they encountered a handful of fighters on the ground, which they quickly neutralized. As has been previously reported, one U.S. helicopter pilot transporting the rescue force suffered a gunshot wound during the operation. He completed the entire mission before informing anyone that he had been shot. It was an act of heroism that would have gone unknown before yesterday’s leak.

Following the mission, it was determined that the Islamic State did not know that it was the United States that had conducted the raid. This was confirmed Wednesday by media outlets, who quoted the leaker saying the “[Islamic State] did not know who they were fighting that night, and we assess Syria did not know.”

As such, the decision was made to maintain absolute secrecy in the event that hostages could be located again, and another rescue operation could be undertaken. After Wednesday’s leak by the White House, this seems highly unlikely. The Islamic State is now aware that the United States is tracking the whereabouts of the Western hostages, and that the U.S. has shown a willingness to take military action to free them. They will likely increase their operational and communication security postures in order to prevent a repeat operation.

Wednesday’s selfish, politically motivated leak has reduced the chances for a successful second rescue attempt, and has likely increased the risk to the lives of the hostages still in the Islamic State’s possession. For that, someone should be fired.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is this the breaking point? Media, pundits furious with Obama for golfing as ISIS horrors go unanswered

link - T. Becket Adams/Washington Examiner

Want to go blind with rage? Read this letter from ISIS to the Foley family - Noah Rothman/HotAir

...The video featuring the execution of James Wright Foley would be made public just six days after this letter was received.

There are some who will object to the publication of this letter, perhaps in much the same way that so many were enraged by the New York Post’s decision to publish an image of Foley the moment before he was beheaded by an IS terrorist. That’s not an unjustified emotion, but it is sometimes better to look evil in the eye than to rage against those media outlets that refuse to sanitize reality.

These people would like nothing more than to kill you and your family. No one is well-served by being shielded from that fact.

Irate Chris Matthews Taken Aback by Obama Reax to Foley Beheading; Says of ISIS 'If They Want to Die, Help Them Out'

"This is our country versus this group that's declared war on us. What's justice mean in this con-- I don't know why the word's used, like we're going to go to the World Court with this?!" (Chris "Tingles Up His Leg") Matthews sneered to guest Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post Media Group on the August 20 edition of Hardball. Later in the segment, an irate Matthews insisted "no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it's in our soul!"

Mark Levin to Obama: ‘Get Your Ass Off The Golf Course, Act Like a President, or Get the Hell Out!’ - TPNN

"You know, folks, an American is decapitated in the middle of the desert by some British-Islamo-Nazi puke,” Levin begins exhibiting righteous indignation. “This puke, this punk, ties one of our citizens up, his hands behind his back, lifts up his chin, and saws his head off!” Levin shouted.

“Is it too much to expect this pathetic president to spend more than five minutes on it?” Levin asked, referring to Obama hitting the links immediately after issuing his brief emotionless prepared statement regarding the barbaric beheading of photojournalist James Foley.

ISIS offered to swap Foley for 'Lady al Qaeda': Terrorists wanted return of MIT-educated neuroscientist who was caught with plans for 'mass casualty attack' with a dirty bomb, Ebola, and a chemical weapon 'that spared children'

Lady Al Qeada: Aafia Siddiqui is currently serving 86 years in a Texas jail after being arrested with plans for a 'mass casualty attack' in the US, including infecting people with Ebola and a dirty bomb. She was named by Foley's captors on a 'laundry list' as the person they wanted in a prisoner swap

link - Daily Mail

◼ ISIS sent 'laundry list' of demands for release of James Foley
◼ Before ransom rose to $132m, ISIS wanted release of Afia Siddiqui among other prisoners
◼ Mother-of-three was jailed after she was caught with plans for 'mass casualty attack' and details of New York landmarks
◼ Author describes her as a 'poster girl for jihadists' and her release would have been PR disaster for Obama
◼ In her handbag was found details for a dirty bomb, Ebola, and a theoretical chemical weapon that did not kill children, her New York trial was told
◼ Government refused to enter into negotiation with his captors and launched failed rescue attempt instead - in contrast to the Bowe Bergdahl swap

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Lake Oroville photos show California drought crisis - Action News Now
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Neel Kashkari on Water in California

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Sunset Magazine's September issue features local beaches

Sunset Magazine's September issue features a stunning 8-page spread about the Lost Coast, California's last stretch of untamed shores. Top 24 sights on California's Lost Coast - Sunset

Amid Ferguson’s Turmoil One Man Stands Up To Looters And Shows Us What America Really Looks Like

This is not what Michael Brown would want (Uncensored) - IJ Review

GAO Report: Department Of Defense Violated The Law In Bergdahl-Guantanamo Prisoner Swap

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Defense violated the law when it carried out the Obama Administration’s arranged swap of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. - Personal Liberty

In a ruling released today, GAO General Counsel Susan A. Poling confirmed that the DoD unlawfully spent nearly $1 million in funds to make the swap, because the appropriations measure that funds the department specifically requires at least 30 days’ notice to relevant Congressional committees before appropriated money can be used to transfer Guantanamo prisoners....

Not only did that move violate the DoD Appropriations Act of 2014; it also violated the Antideficiency Act, a law that (perhaps redundantly) states that it’s illegal to spend money that isn’t (legally) there. “We have consistently concluded that the use of appropriated funds for prohibited purposes violates the Antideficiency Act, because zero funds are available for the purpose,” the GAO explains in a footnote.

Fed Govt. Watchdog GAO Says Bergdahl Swap Broke Federal Law; Networks Ignore - Newsbusters

Revolving door at regulator CFPB enables former bureaucrats to cash in at taxpayers' expense

What’s remarkable about the revolving-door action at the CFPB this year is that it’s completely unremarkable for the agency. - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney

The Democratic Congress and the Obama White House created the CFPB with its 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill. The top aides to Messrs. Dodd and Frank, of course, have cashed out to K Street and Wall Street.

So have many of the regulators at the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Treasury Department who helped implement the rules required by the law.

But the CFPB was supposed to be different. Other financial regulators were “captured” by the industries they were supposed to regulate. One reason was the revolving door: play ball with the banks, and you’ve got a nice job waiting when you get sick of government work. So Congress thought it was time to replace those captured regulators with a new, un-captured regulator....

Obama wants Ferguson to explode

If you had predicted six years ago that America’s first half-black, half-white president would actually make race relations in the U.S. worse, they would have laughed you out of the room. - Joseph Curl/Washington Times

If you had said that, in the face of a sudden racial crisis, the president — portrayed as black throughout the campaign — would be impotent, neutered, unable to speak powerfully about the situation, they would have scoffed incredulously. Who are “they”? Everyone. If you had expressed those fears out loud in the run-up to his historic 2008 election, everyone within earshot would have mocked you mercilessly....

While he didn’t say the teenager could have been his son, or that police had acted stupidly, he also did not tell those in Ferguson to stand down, to just stop. While he didn’t call the moment “teachable,” he also didn’t say that the rule of law supersedes all, that everyone should step back, stop the violence, and look to the courts to resolve the matter.

And there’s a simple reason: Mr. Obama will never “let a good crisis go to waste.” Americans are being beheaded in Iraq, the Middle East is on fire, Vladimir Putin is one-upping the president left and right. The president needs an issue, something divisive, something that fits his strategy of pitting American against American, class against class, and as always, race against race.

This is Mr. Obama’s darkest hour. And he’s on the golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, playing the whitest of sports — golf — hoping the whole thing explodes.

He just might get his wish.

Star Witness In Michael Brown Shooting Charged With Theft, Filing False Police Report

He has already done multiple media appearances where he falsely claimed Brown was shot by Wilson in the back. He also has claimed that Brown never reached for Wilson’s gun, was “shot like and animal” and that Brown had his hands up and told Wilson he was unarmed. - IJ Review

REPORT: Key witness Dorian Johnson now admits that Michael Brown ATTACKED Officer Wilson - The Right Scoop

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An early look at tomorrow's front page.

Obama’s Golf War - Ed Driscoll/PJ Media

Kudos to the New York Daily News, a center-left newspaper, for having a rare moment of clarity, even as its crosstown rival pulls its punches and retracts its own golf-related punch at their boss, and unlike the Daily News a likely accidental one, to boot.

But then, ◼ as John Hinderaker writes at Power Line, “In recent months, Barack Obama has crossed an important threshold. He has always shown contempt for his opponents; now he shows contempt for his supporters. He has quit pretending to be a leader, and more or less quit pretending to be a president. On the right and the center, he has become a joke,” as demonstrated by the Michael Ramirez cartoon that Hinderaker links to in his post.

Ace compares Mr. Obama’s contempt for — at this point, well, pretty much the entire world — as something akin to the mammoth level of OCD displayed by the Sheldon Cooper character on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory sitcom.

The Meltdown - Commentary Magazine
As I write, the foreign policy of the United States is in a state of unprecedented disarray. In some cases, failed policy has given way to an absence of policy....
This was a very long piece so you may
have put it aside. Don't.
- Discussion at Lucianne

Fist bump? Just when you thought Obama’s golf after Foley presser couldn’t get more sickening … [photo] - Twitchy

Meet the Radical DOJ Unit Investigating Ferguson Shooting

PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police officer with civil rights crimes. - by J. Christian Adams/PJ Media

PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One” series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. ◼ Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here.

Why does it matter that the DOJ unit that will investigate the Ferguson police is stacked with leftists and ideologues? Because anti-police biases of lawyers in this unit have resulted in gross prosecutorial misconduct against police officers.

United States District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued this blistering 129-page opinion documenting prosecutorial misconduct by DOJ lawyers seeking to convict New Orleans police officers of civil rights violations.

...As Holder moves forward in Ferguson, keep the documented misconduct of his lawyers in mind.

"We do not want to be a part of norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody."

Muslims demand breakaway Islamic nation in Norway or another 9/11 threatened -

"We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you..."

The Norwegian news portal VG Nett is reporting that a Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna’, is threatening that if a section of the nation's capitol isn't transformed into a sharia-complaint Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon the Scandinavian nation.

President Obama: "No just God would stand with what they did yesterday or what they do every single day"

President Obama denounced the Islamic State’s beheading of an American journalist as an uncivilized act that has "no place in the 21st century" and vowed to continue confronting the group in Iraq or elsewhere whenever it threatens U.S. citizens.

We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and continue to replace it with hope and civility — that’s what Jim Foley stood for," he said Wednesday during a break from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

He also described the terrorist group's ideology as morally "bankrupt" and said the "world is appalled" by the Islamic State's brutality.

..."No just God would stand with what they did yesterday or what they do every single day" in slaughtering innocent women and children, slaying other Muslims and targeting ethnic minorities for genocide, he said.


After the release of the ISIS video Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short.

Most Americans say that things would be different in Ferguson, Mo., if the racial roles had been reversed.

According to a Rasmussen Poll released today, many believe the media’s coverage of the incident would differ if a black police officer had shot a white teenager. - The Daily Signal
A majority, 54 percent, agree the media would have reported the death of Michael Brown differently according to the color of his skin. Regardless of race—white, black and other minority adults—most believe the shooting would garner less media attention.
How Would the Media React If the Cop Was Black and the Victim Was White? - Rasmussen
Most Americans think the media would be less interested in the incident in Ferguson, Missouri if a white teenager had been shot by a black police officer. They also reject the idea that most policemen are racist.

Marco Rubio: “For more than a year, ISIL has been murdering civilians, raping women and young girls and enslaving them, and carrying out a systematic genocide of anyone who does not share their warped and extremist Islamist views. ISIL cannot be reasoned with, they can’t be negotiated with, and their view of the world is irreconcilable with civilized society."

Fighting the ‘Convert or Die’ Caliphate in Iraq 0 Marco Rubio/National Review
Lawmakers: Foley killing shows brutality of ISIS - The Hill
US officials: Video shows American's beheading - AP/Townhall
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimated Tuesday that about 20 journalists are missing in Syria, and has not released their nationalities. In its annual report last November, CPJ concluded that the missing journalists are either being held and threatened with death by extremists, or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. The group's report described the widespread seizure of journalists as unprecedented and largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help in the captives' release.
Everything has changed after the execution of James Foley by ISIS - Noah Rothman/HotAir
President Barack Obama will return to Washington today to give a statement on the gruesome execution of an American at the hands of an Islamic militant who appears to have been British-born. Obama will be unable to satisfy the concerns of a nervous and wounded nation if he merely reprises his threadbare role as America’s “comforter-in-chief.” The country demands a plan of action aimed at rolling back ISIS from Iraq and a longer-term strategy to suppress the Islamic State threat in Syria.
Threatens to kill another...
Fate depends on Obama's next move...
Al-Qaeda Announces 'Solidarity'...
UK 'urgently investigates' slaughter...
David Cameron cancels vacation...
TWITTER suspends accounts for sharing gruesome images...

Gaza ‘Corpses’ Caught Moving When They Forget Cameras Are On Them

Let the propaganda war begin. It looks like another bad move for Hamas, as they hold an ‘Islamic Funeral’ but they forgot one vital ingredient for the funeral: DEAD PEOPLE. -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brown to debate Kashkari on Sept. 4th

Both Brown and Kashkari campaigns have now agreed to the September debate, which will be produced by KQED, the Los Angeles Times, the California Channel and Telemundo California.

KQED’s senior California politics and government editor, John Myers, will moderate the one-hour forum. Journalists from the Los Angeles Times and Telemundo will ask the candidates questions as well.

Meet Neel Kashkari two days later, on September 6th at Baywood. Humboldt GOP is hosting a MEET THE CANDIDATES luncheon September 6th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Baywood Golf and Country Club in Arcata. He'll be there with Republican candidates Pete Peterson, Ron Nehring, Greg Conlon, Ronald Gold, Matt Heath, Dale Mensing and James Theiss. Tickets are $30 per person. Call Humboldt GOP for info and to make reservations 442-2259


There was some shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last night, but according to Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson, none of it came from the police. Plonking a couple of seized handguns and a Molotov cocktail on the table at his Tuesday morning press conference, Johnson was furious at “violent agitators who he said were using largely peaceful protests as ‘cover’ to commit criminal acts,” - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o

Many of the agitators are said to come from outside Ferguson. Some of them have press credentials:

Late Monday, reporters estimated that the number of protesters had dropped to around 100, far fewer than the number of media members who were covering them....

One of the problems faced by Captain Johnson and his officers is that Media has decided the story is all about her now. It’s a passion play for reporters who want to become the next martyrs to “police harassment” so they can write about themselves as heroes of free speech battling the oppressive police. There’s something bitterly comical, but entirely predictable, about a violent protest where the reporters outnumber the protesters. Media really wants to keep this story going, because readers are gobbling it up, and she loves the attention… just as the agitators crave the attention she gives them. Everyone with a grievance is making a beeline for the spotlight. A weakness in the fabric of society inevitably draws those who would unravel it, or draw profit through its rips and tears....

One commentator who is resolutely unwilling to surf on that tide of Narrative is Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t want to litigate this in the press,” he said on Meet the Press last Sunday, “but at the same time, let’s not pretend that our morgues and cemeteries are full of young black men because cops are shooting them. The reality is that it’s because other black people are shooting them. And we need to talk about black criminality.”

Update: Gateway Pundit is reporting from multiple sources, in both the St. Louis County Police and District Attorney’s office, that officer Darren Wilson’s injuries – a matter of established fact from Day One, but almost completely ignored by the architects of mythology – included an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” That detail won’t do much to hold back the Narrative, of course.

Chaos continues

CNN's Jake Tapper on the Ground in Ferguson as Tear Gas and Stun Grenades Explode - Newsbusters


Police Accused MSNBC of ‘Endangering Lives’ in Ferguson - Daily Caller

Why is the National Guard even in ‪#‎Ferguson‬? We're clearing it up for you. - Daily Signal

The decision by Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., to deploy the National Guard to the troubled community of Ferguson has raised a lot of questions about these citizen soldier units. After serving with distinction numerous times in both Iraq and Afghanistan, units of the National Guard are well thought of as military fighting men. Can they also be helpful in situations like Ferguson? Here is some information to help increase understanding of these direct lineal descendants of the Minute Men....

Q: Is the National Guard the right solution for maintaining control in Ferguson?

A: Only time will tell. The governor chose to remove the authority for policing the streets of Ferguson from local law enforcement. He first tried to use his state police. They also failed to deal with the situation adequately, and disorder continued. His next option was to call out and deploy the Guard. The entire nation hopes that this will work, the situation will begin to defuse itself and order will return to the suburbs of St. Louis.

Uh oh: Witnesses corroborate cop's version of events. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter tweets about this. Suddenly the reporter is "on leave" because the paper didn't like her tweets? This looks bad. - Herman Cain

‘Evil straight from the pits of hell': American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

link - Twitchy

‘He’ll muster outrage after vacation': James Foley barbarically beheaded; WH response a disgrace - Twitchy

Whoa! Report: ISIS recently threatened to kill James Foley and Obama admin knew - Twitchy

‘Normal people would say ‘enraged”: PBS News Hour ‘sorry’ about Foley’s death - Twitchy, Who Said What on Twitter

Reading PBS News Hour’s tweet about it, you would think James Foley died peacefully in his sleep at a ripe old age. “Sorry” just doesn’t seem like something you say about a guy getting beheaded on video by fanatical Islamists.

The Real Villain of Ferguson

It’s hard to have sympathy for anyone in the Ferguson affair — the cops, the demonstrators, the pontificating politicians, the exploitative media or we its pathetically loyal audience that keeps tuning in. The whole event plays out like the umpteenth rerun of the famous quote from Marx about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. - Roger L. Simon/PJMedia

By that accounting we should all be at Aristophanes, Moliere or Groucho (pick your favorite farceur) times ten by now.

Unfortunately, however, it’s farce with virtually no comedy, no humor. The Ferguson affair is a grim business indeed, particularly grim watching the latest nightly edition — the eighth one! — on television Monday evening. On and on it goes, the roundelay of police and demonstrators, tear gas and bloviation. ...

But, you say, this was a white-on-black crime. An o-fay cop offed a brother. (Never mind that brothers can butcher brothers like it’s going out of style, this pig had white-skin privilege.) Well, yes, and we don’t yet know the circumstances, but even accepting the narrative of, say, the Huffington Post that the cop was the reincarnation of Bull Connor and that the “youth” was a “gentle giant” on the way to a contract with PBS as the next Mr. Rogers, the event is basically a charade. Everyone knows we’ve seen it before and everyone knows we’ll see it again. In fact, many parties don’t want it to go away. The beat must go on. It has to go on or their very personalities will disintegrate. And I will tell you why — what caused it....

Dr. Ben Carson: 'It's Politically Incorrect to Blame the Wrong People' - CNS

Carson called for objectivity: "And in particular, you know, in the black community, I think we have to be honest with ourselves. And you know, let's go back and think about a time, you know, before the early '60s, tremendous progress that was made by black people in this country when they relied on family and they relied on each other and they had faith.

"And then what happened when we started relying on other people to do things for us and to tell us what we're supposed -- how we're supposed to think and who we're supposed to like and who we're supposed to follow? And where has that led? Not to a very good place. And we have to think about what we're talking about. You say, Death to the police -- try living for 24 hours with no police. I think you'll really find out what a difficult situation is."

Hands Up, Don’t Loot - Daniel Greenfield/Front Page

...The violence in Ferguson didn’t begin when a police officer shot Michael Brown. It began when a 300 lb thug robbed the Ferguson Market and abused a clerk. The release of the video showing the obese criminal assaulting the clerk led to a terrified statement from the store manager that he had not called the police and had nothing to do with the release of the video.

“They kill us if they think we are responsible,” he said.

That is what this conflict is about. The police exist so that Ferguson Market and a hundred other stores can do business without being robbed or murdered. Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, was holding down the thin line that makes it possible for stores to stay open.

When the police pulled back, the rioting and looting began in earnest. Governor Nixon, a critic of the police was forced to turn to the National Guard. The police were never the problem. The looters and rioters were....

In Ferguson there was a choice between looters wandering around shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and ordinary citizens crying out “Hands Up, Don’t Loot”. Shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” at a police officer might work. Shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Loot” at a looter won’t.

And that is why we have police forces. As flawed as they are, they follow some rules. The looters follow no rules at all....

Rioting continues. Holder takes over.

Holder headed to Ferguson on Wednesday, will oversee federal response to shooting - Washington Post
Holder’s visit was announced as National Guard troops arrived to back up local and state police. On Monday night in Ferguson, an early evening calm gave way to new confrontations as some demonstrators threw bottles at heavily armed police and officers threw stun grenades and tear gas towards them.

The day was expected to be a crucial test for everybody in charge here, from local police commanders to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) — who had called out the National Guard after chaotic protests Sunday — to President Obama himself. Obama’s decision to dispatch his attorney general was an admission that the teenager’s killing had become a symbol of something enormous: a test of the American justice system and the government’s ability to police the officers who police everyone else.


Caller: 'Michael Brown rushed officer' - CNN
Militant protesters growing in number, many coming from out-of-state - Washington Post

Tear gas and smoke hang over St. Louis suburb - Breitbart BIG Government
#FERGUSON Protesters Chant “BLACK POWER!” and “Hands Up, Fight Back!” (VIDEOS) - Gateway Pundit
Dead Teen's Grandfather to Obama: I Voted for You, So Come Meet Me - Breitbart BIG Government
BUCHANAN: 1960s-like Riots Could Cause Voter Rebuke For President
SENATOR: Protests have been 'invaded' by outsiders - Politico

KURTZ: Some Liberal Outlets Creating 'Almost Lynch Mob Mentality' - Breitbart BIG Government

“Some liberal outlets [are] creating almost a lynch mob mentality around this, the Huffington Post today, screaming banner headline ‘Arrest Him.’ Now, the Huffington Post, nor you or I, knows exactly what happened” he said. And “when you cross that line into becoming an advocate and to demanding that somebody be prosecuted before the facts are in, while the investigation is going on, you’re grandstanding, you’re trying to keep the story alive and I really think it’s troubling.”

MSNBC Crew Hit With Rocks During Live Coverage - Breitbart BIG Government
Trayvon Martin's Mom: 'We Will Make Them Feel Us' - TIME

Monday, August 18, 2014

Who Are ‘Texans for Public Justice,’ and Why Does Their Role in the Perry Case Matter?

The current case against Perry was brought through a complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice. Media inside Texas are occasionally mentioning TPJ’s role, but they are not detailing what TPJ actually is. - Bryan Preston/PJMedia
Even a cursory glance at their website is revealing. TPJ claims to be a public integrity watchdog, but their quest for integrity is entirely one-sided. They never take on Democrats. TPJ exists to attack Republicans, and they have been doing nothing but that for years. TPJ is even trying to get Delay’s convictions re-instated.

There is more to TPJ than mere partisanship masquerading as “public integrity.”

According to its own 2013 annual report, Texans for Public Justice is funded by the hard left....

The Open Society Foundations and the Sunlight Foundation are both funded by leftwing billionaire and convicted felon George Soros. Why is a group that sells itself as a public integrity watchdog accepting funds from a man who was convicted of insider trading? Why is no one in the Texas media asking TPJ that very question?

Texans for Public Justice is part of a larger network of money and operatives that the Texas Democrats in exile set up with one goal — to recapture power that the voters took away from them. They set themselves a deadline of electing a Democrat speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by 2010. They failed in that goal. The Texas Republicans expanded their hold on the House that year.

But the network, run by out-of-state leftwing operative Matt Angle, never went away. It won’t as long as money keeps rolling in....learn MORE, at the link.
Networks Ignore that Group Behind Perry’s Indictment Got $500K from Soros - Mike Ciandella/Newsbusters
...In what appeared to have been a slip of the tongue, Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald told CNN “the governor again, in his defense yesterday, said this is merely a partisan, political witch hunt. Nothing could be closer to the truth.”
The weirdest part of the Rick Perry indictment - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner @philipklein

t didn't take long for it to become widely accepted — and not just among conservatives — that Friday's indictment of Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, rests on a razor-thin legal premise. MSNBC host Ari Melber called the case "very weak" while Jonathan Chait of New York magazine declared the indictment "unbelievably ridiculous." Even former senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod, wrote on Twitter that the indictment seemed "pretty sketchy." But perhaps the weirdest part about the indictment isn't just that it's without merit, but that the underlying dispute it highlights actually makes Perry look good.

Politics as Combat - Andrew C. McCarthy/National Review

It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat....

Under Texas law, Perry has incontestable constitutional authority to veto legislation — he doesn’t need a reason. But in this instance, he had abundant reason. Quite apart from the pernicious, politicized law enforcement for which the Travis County district attorney’s office is notorious, Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney, was arrested last year for drunken driving. Though she is hardly fit to run a public corruption unit, Democrats in the Texas state legislature nevertheless pushed through a $7.5 million appropriation. Perry responded with an ultimatum: Either Lehmberg would tender her resignation, or he would veto the funds.

Mind you, if Perry had said nothing and simply vetoed the measure, no one would have a plausible objection. Instead, he reasonably explained his position and indicated that Austin could have the money if the compromised district attorney stepped down. But somehow, in the telling of Austin’s partisan prosecutors, such a veto is no longer a political exercise; it’s felony extortion for which Perry could be sentenced to decades in prison.

The Founders gave us a republican democracy which, at the federal and state levels, divides authority among the political branches and assumes — indeed, demands — that the branches flex the muscles they’ve been given to check each other’s excesses. The competition plays out at the ballot box, not in the courts — much less the criminal courts. Perry’s veto, to block funding for a prosecutor’s office with a checkered record and an unfit leader, is plainly what the founders contemplated: an exercise of legitimate political authority to rein in the excesses of a competing branch. Yet, the politicized Austin prosecutors depict it not as normal political give and take; they frame Perry as if he were a mafia don.

When Westboro Baptist Threatens To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral, One Comedian Responds Fittingly

Hills stated that if the Westboro Baptist members are so concerned with those threatening their version of the Christian way of life, he will personally pay for every member to fly first class over to Iraq where the church can picket the people beheading Christians if they don’t convert. - IJReview (caution: language)

Perhaps if the Westboro Baptist members accepted this challenge, it would give them a much-needed dose of reality.

What’s the difference between a political scandal involving a Republican and one involving a Democrat?

Analysis: The News Media’s Double Standard on Political Scandals

What’s the difference between a political scandal involving a Republican and one involving a Democrat? When it comes to news coverage, reporters almost always identify the political party of a Republican caught in a scandal, but when the culprit is a Democrat, the party label is usually left out of the story.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but not many. To document the point, here’s how ABC, CBS and NBC have identified (or failed to identify) the figures in 16 political scandals — 8 Democrats, 8 Republicans — during the past few years... at the link.

NYTimes Reporter: Obama ‘Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation’

President Barack Obama is no friend of press freedom, says a New York Times reporter who may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. [VIDEO] - Jamie Weinstein/Daily Caller

“A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,” reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight published Saturday. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

Joe Piscopo’s confessions of a disillusioned Democrat

I'm a Democrat. I've been a Democrat my entire life. - Joe Piscopo/Washington Times

I was a Democrat because I believed in civil rights, like Lyndon Johnson. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man. I was a Democrat because I believed in a strong defense and opposed communism, like John F. Kennedy. And I was a Democrat because I loved the fact that Kennedy understood we needed lower marginal tax rates.

By and large, none of these values are represented in the Democratic Party today. From where I'm standing, the party has largely abandoned its commitment to civil rights and instead allows race-baiters to be national power brokers. As spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, I am hurt that there is not one Democrat in Washington who cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime. These cities are in worse shape than those countries from which all those illegal "children" crossing our borders daily are coming.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


(Note: the guy in the road turned out to be a car accident victim, the reporter apologized for Tweeting it out of context)

Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break... Developing...

The Intolerance Behind Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

I emphasize that I am not going to use hyperbole or paint Warren in a false light. I’m sure she is a nice person when one meets her. My point is not that Warren is nice or nasty, but rather that she espouses a political economy that is based on political favors for some coupled with fierce intolerance toward many. -William L. Anderson/Mises Daily

Progressive Populists like Warren claim to abhor the tax-funded bailouts, but they don’t object to the inflationary actions of the Fed, nor do they call for a halt to the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and K Street. Yes, they might complain about the relationship, but at no time has Warren or any of her ilk ever called for a severing of the ties between Washington and Wall Street....

f Warren truly did “believe” in science, then she would have no objection to scientists like Roy Spencer and Judith Curry explaining in public forums — without harassment — why they believe the current fears that Warren promotes about “climate change” are overblown. You see, in real science, the “discussion” never is over. Skepticism is the very heart of the scientific method, something that the “discussion-is-over” people like Warren refuse to hear....

11. And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!

...Please understand what Warren is saying: the owners of Hobby Lobby have no rights. They are not people; only those with views similar to Elizabeth Warren have rights.